Man stabbed and another stamped on in Leeds restaurant brawl

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A man was stabbed in the throat and chest and another was badly beaten and stamped on after a fight broke out at a Leeds restaurant.

West Yorkshire Police have issued CCTV as they seek to trace the people involved in the incident which took place at about 4am on Monday, January 30 at Fusion, in Roseville Road, Harehills,

A 24-year-old man was found with stab wounds to his throat and chest and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment. A 25-year-old man was also taken to hospital with head injuries after being kicked and stamped on.

Both were later released after treatment and the venue’s premises licence has now been suspended following an application from police licensing officers to Leeds City Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.

The injured men and seven others, aged 24 to 38, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and subsequently bailed pending further enquiries. 

Officers are now looking to identify the men shown in the CCTV images as part of the investigation. 

Det Con Andy Smurthwaite, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was a serious incident of disorder where a significant level of violence was used and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances and trace all those who were involved. 

“The venue is a late night bar which acts as a meeting place for Eritrean and Ethiopian communities from across West Yorkshire and those we have arrested are all Eritrean. We are particularly keen that this appeal for information reaches those communities as they are likely to recognise those people that we want to speak to who are shown in the CCTV images. 

“We would ask anyone with information to contact us immediately and we can arrange for people to speak to us through an interpreter if required.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 209 Smurthwaite at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13170045647 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.