Two seriously hurt in Headingley stabbings

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Two young men were taken to hospital with serious injuries after separate stabbings in Headingley late last night.

The two, aged 24 and 22, were attacked several hours apart in reported robberies in the Leeds suburb, which is heavily populated by students.

Police on North Lane Headingley after stabbings in the area.

Police on North Lane Headingley after stabbings in the area.

Police cordons remained in place this morning as officers investigated at the scene. The incidents are believed to be linked, a force spokesman said.

One man, aged 19, remained in police custody after being arrested nearby in the early hours of this morning.

West Yorkshire Police has issued an appeal for information.

The first attack was reported shortly after 11pm, saw a 24-year-old man stabbed near to Estcourt Avenue, with his mobile phone and a wallet stolen.

Officers at the scene this morning.

Officers at the scene this morning.

The second, reported at 3am, saw a 22-year-old man injured near to The Arc, at the corner of Ash Road, as he was taking cash out of an ATM machine.

Both men suffered serious injuries, police have said, and were taken to Leeds General Infirmary for urgent medical treatment.

A 19-year-old man, arrested in the area shortly afterwards, is being questioned by police and remained in custody this morning.

"Both the victims were stabbed and received injuries that were treated in hospital," a spokesman said.

"A short time later a male was arrested in the area. He is still in custody and police are searching the area.

Some areas have been taped off while we search the scenes."

Police had cordoned off parts of North Lane between Otley Road and Headingley Stadium this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds CID via 101 quoting reference number 13180152345.