Teenage boy stabbed in Leeds City Centre as police chase man with knife

A 16-year-old boy is in hospital with stab injuries after a fight broke out in The Core shopping centre.

By Abbey Maclure
Monday, 25th November 2019, 3:05 pm
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 3:05 pm

Police were called to reports of a fight involving a group inside The Core, on The Headrow, shortly before 7pm yesterday (Sunday).

An eyewitness saw police officers chasing a knife-wielding man through the city centre, before they saw the suspect drop the knife on New Market Street. It was recovered by police.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police has confirmed that an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in the city centre. He remains in custody.

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Police officers were called to reports of a fight in The Core shopping centre, on Headrow (Photo: Google)

Officers also received information about a 16-year-old boy who was being treated at Leeds General Infirmary with stab injuries to his arm. His injuries are not considered life threatening.

The 16-year-old, and another 16-year-old boy, were arrested on suspicion of affray in relation to the incident.

The injured boy was released under investigation to continue receiving treatment. The other youth remains in custody and police enquiries are ongoing.

Eyewitness Christopher Cressey was commuting home from work in the city centre when he saw police chasing a knife-wielding man on New Market Street, near the Corn Exchange.

An eyewitness saw police chasing a knife-wielding man on New Market Street, near the Corn Exchange (Photo: Google)

Christopher, 48, said: "I was waiting for the bus when a guy ran past being chased by a policeman, carrying a machete.

"He dropped the machete and ran off, so I stood on the machete until a second officer collected it.

"It has really got me worried about knife crime. However, the knife crime as made me more determined to do my civil duty."

Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190603818 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.