Armed police arrest four men following machete incidents in Harehills and Woodhouse

Four men have been arrested following incidents involving machetes in the Harehills and Woodhouse areas of Leeds this weekend.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 10:39 am
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 10:40 am
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At around 3.30pm on Saturday, police received reports of a disturbance involving men armed with machetes in Markham Avenue in Harehills.

The suspects left the scene in the car and officers begun to trace the vehicle before receiving reports of a similar incident in Ganton Close in Woodhouse.

The incidents were believed to be linked and armed police were deployed.

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Armed police stopped the suspect car Buslingthorpe Lane in Sheepscar and weapons including machetes were found in the vehicle.

Four men, aged between 24 and 32 were arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of offensive weapons.

Three of them were also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

They were all later released under investigation and police enquiries are ongoing.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "At 3:28pm on Saturday (22/5) police received reports of a disturbance involving males armed with machetes in Markham Avenue, Harehills.

"The suspects had left the scene in car and enquiries were begun to trace the vehicle.

"A short time later, further information was received of a similar incident in Ganton Close, Woodhouse, which was believed to be linked.

"Armed officers were deployed to the area and stopped the suspect car in Buslingthorpe Lane.

"Weapons, including machetes, were recovered from the vehicle and four men, aged between 24 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of offensive weapons. Three of the men were also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

"They were all later released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing."