Teen, 18, has hand chopped off in machete attack on Leeds street

A TEENAGER has had his hand chopped off in a machete attack on a street in Leeds.

Police are appealing for information after an 18-year-old man was brutally attacked with the heavy blade in Leeds, West Yorkshire.


At 9.31pm last night police were called to Stanks Parade, in the Swarcliffe area of the city.

The 18-year-old man was tragically found with his hand completely severed.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance for emergency treatment.

But his condition is not life threatening, according to reports.

Detectives from Leeds District CID are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the horrific incident.

A large scene remains in place around Stanks Parade – as forensic examinations and specialist searches continue.

MACHETE HORROR

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out a detailed and comprehensive investigation to establish the full circumstances and identify those responsible.

“The victim has suffered an extremely serious injury and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who saw any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.

“We would encourage anyone who does feel able to contact the police with information to make use of the anonymous service provided by the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“We recognise that an incident such as this will cause understandable concern in the community and we are liaising closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are updating their community representatives and maintaining a visible presence in the area to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210182460 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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