Harehills Park stabbing: 16-year-old boy seriously injured in Leeds knife attack

Police have put a cordon up in Harehills Park after a 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a stabbing

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:42 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 1:30 pm

The incident happened at about 8.50pm on Wednesday night, say police.

A 16-year-old boy was found with a serious injury to his shoulder after he was in the park with his friend before being approached by a 'large group of Black and Asian males' who attacked them.

A police cordon is still in place in the park while officers sweep the area for evidence.

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Police have put a cordon in place in Harehills Park

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Police are appealing for information after a teenager was seriously injured in a knife attack in Leeds.

"At 8.50pm last night (21/4) police were called to Harehills Park, in Coldcotes Avenue, Harehills, after the victim, a 16-year-old male, had been found nearby with a serious injury to his shoulder.

"He was taken to hospital by ambulance and is continuing to receive treatment. His injuries are not life threatening.

"The victim reported being in the park with a male friend, also aged 16, when they were approached by a large group of black and Asian males who attacked them. The friend received minor injuries consisting of bruising.

Police have put a cordon in place in Harehills Park

"A scene remains in place in the park to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches."

Detective Inspector Michael Herbert, of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim has received a very significant injury 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 who has seen this large group of males in the vicinity of the park either at the time of the attack or in the period leading up to it.

Police officers comb the scene.

“We are liaising with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who will be maintaining an increased presence in the area to reassure the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210197088 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

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