Nine Leeds youths robbed at knifepoint

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NINE youths were robbed at knifepoint by two men in Leeds.

Some of the young men were also assaulted before the robbers made their getaway.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident.

The robbery happened around 8.30pm on Saturday evening in Moortown in a wooded area opposite a BP garage and close to the junction between Harrogate Road and the ring-road (A6120).

The youths were waiting to attend a nearby social event they were approached by two men who appeared to have walked down Harrogate Road from the direction of Alwoodley.

After briefly engaging the group in conversation the men made a number of threats using a knife and demanded money and property.

A number of the youths were struck in the face resulting in four of them sustaining facial injuries, including one who required hospital treatment following a laceration.

The suspects fled the area on foot taking with them valuables including cash and mobile phones.

They are described as white, one of slim build and one of medium build. They are both thought to be aged around 15 to 18 years and between 5ft 7” to 5ft 9” tall. Both were wearing dark coloured clothing with hoods. One of the suspects was also believed to be wearing a scarf or bandana to cover the lower part of his face.

Inspector Andrew Briggs, who leads the Roundhay, Alwoodley and Moortown Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “All of those robbed were young Jewish men but following interviews with those involved we do not believe there was any anti-Semitic element to the incident and the crime is being investigated as a robbery.”

Anyone seeing anything suspicious in the area around the time of the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lee Bland at Stainbeck CID via: 0845 60 60 606 or call Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on: 0800 555 111.

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