Man stabbed in back by attacker who rode up behind him on bike in Leeds city centre

A man was stabbed in the back by an attacker who rode up behind him on a mountain bike.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 1:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 1:14 pm

It happened in Wade Lane, near the Merrion Centre at about 1.50am on Sunday, May 30.

The 19-year-old man was walking home with friends when the suspect rode up towards him.

He was then stabbed in the back.

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CCTV images of the attack on Wade Lane, Leeds city centre.
CCTV images of the attack on Wade Lane, Leeds city centre.

The suspect then cycled off along Lovell Park Road towards Little London.

The victim suffered a single stab wound and had to undergo life-saving surgery

He stayed in hospital for several days while he recovered.

Detectives are appealing for information about the ‘ride by’ stabbing.

CCTV images of the attack.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was a cowardly attack from behind on the victim who was simply walking along the pavement chatting with friends at the time.

“We believe the victim has been targeted but the motive for the attack remains unknown.

“We are continuing to carry out enquiries to identify the suspect and would like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist the investigation, particularly anyone who saw him in the area or who has any relevant CCTV or dashcam footage.”

The suspect was described as mixed race, aged 19 to 20, 5ft 9ins tall, and medium build.

He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and a face covering and was riding a dark coloured mountain bike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210267994 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

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