Swarcliffe police incident: Teenager's hand chopped off in machete attack in Leeds
A teenager's hand has been chopped off during a machete attack in the Swarcliffe area of Leeds.
Police were called to Stanks Parade just after 9.30pm last night (Tuesday).
They found an 18-year-old man whose hand had been completely severed.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance, but his condition is not life-threatening.
Detectives from Leeds CID are investigating.
A large police cordon remains in place around Stanks Parade as forensics officers comb the area.
Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out a detailed and comprehensive investigation to establish the full circumstances and identify those responsible.
“The victim has suffered an extremely serious injury and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.
“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who saw any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.
“We would encourage anyone who does feel able to contact the police with information to make use of the anonymous service provided by the independent charity Crimestoppers.
“We recognise that an incident such as this will cause understandable concern in the community and we are liaising closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are updating their community representatives and maintaining a visible presence in the area to reassure people.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210182460 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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