Armed officers deployed to Harehills as 14-year-old boy attacked by gang of machete-wielding men

Armed officers were deployed to Harehills as a 14-year-old boy was attacked by a gang of machete-wielding men.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 2:26 pm
Armed officers deployed to Harehills as 14-year-old boy attacked by gang of machete-wielding men

Police are appealing for information after a the boy was attacked on Hudson Road, Harehills, shortly before 6pm on Wednesday (May 26).

Armed officers were deployed to the scene and the victim was found with injuries to his leg and arm, police confirmed.

The boy was taken to hospital for treatment.

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His injuries are serious but are not considered life threatening.

He has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, police said.

Enquiries are ongoing to identify the suspects and a scene remains in place in Hudson Road to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches.

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim has received very serious injuries and we are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and to identify those responsible.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or any part of the circumstances leading up to it or who saw those involved in area.

“This occurred in a busy residential area in the early evening and there will have been people about who saw what happened.

“Clearly serious violence involving weapons is completely unacceptable and we are working closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure residents and continuing to support proactive operations to target those carrying weapons on the streets.”

Anyone with information / or has any dash cam footage / phone footage is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210261827 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.

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