HUNDREDS of mourners are expected at the funeral of a teenager who died in a street stabbing.
Top-level schoolboy boxer Jason Ripley died hours after police responded to reports of an incident on Sheepridge Road, Sheepridge, on Thursday, February 17.
The 17-year-old, from Dalton, had boxed for England at schoolboy level four years ago. He was also runner-up in the country for his weight.
Jason's funeral will be at the English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church on Grosvenor Road, Dalton, at 11am on Monday. It will be followed by burial at Lockwood cemetery.
Police expect a large number of people to attend and have urged mourners to arrive in plenty of time and park sensibly.
Det Con Steve Bedford, of Huddersfield CID, said: "We are anticipating congestion in the area, so would urge people to use the car parking area next to the old changing rooms on Grosvenor Road.
"At the cemetery we would like people to leave their cars in the police sports ground complex at Woodfield Park opposite the cemetery."
Jason was the national number two at 36 kilos Class B after losing in the final of the National Schoolboys Championships in March, 2001.
He also fought for England Schoolboys against South Africa at Barnsley.
He was a member of Batley and Dewsbury Amateur Boxing Club. He also used to play soccer with Dalton Dynamos.
* An inquest into Jason's death was opened and adjourned in Huddersfield yesterday.
A 16-year-old Bradley youth has appeared in court, accused of murdering Jason. He was remanded to a young offenders' institution.