Leeds machete attack: Shop worker remains in hospital after being attacked by youths in Burmantofts

A Leeds shop worker remains in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a gang armed with a machete.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 12:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th June 2021, 12:50 pm

Officers were called to M&K Off Licence, at the junction of Stoney Rock Lane and Westlock Avenue, in Burmantofts, at 1.36pm on Wednesday, June 23.

Three men, armed with machetes, had entered the store and attacked the man.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, received serious injuries to his hand and wrist.

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Three men, aged between 15 and 20, entered the shop and attacked a shop worker with a machete.

He was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains today (June 24).

His injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.

The suspects have been described as three white males, aged between 15 and 20.

They were all wearing wearing dark clothing.

The youths were seen to run off into Beckett Street Cemetery.

Detective Inspector Michael Herbert, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are still working to establish the full circumstances of this incident and to establish the motive but one line of enquiry we are exploring is the attempted robbery of the shop.

“We have spoken to a number of witnesses but are still very keen to hear from anyone who has seen the suspects in the area, particularly as they have fled the scene into Beckett Street Cemetery.

“We are trawling CCTV in the area to build up a picture of their movements and would welcome any sightings from the public that could assist that work.

“The victim has received very significant injuries and it is vital that we identify and arrest those responsible at the earliest opportunity.”

An order that was put in place yesterday to give officers additional stop and search powers following the incident was rescinded shortly after 9pm last night.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210314479 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechatInformation can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.