Man stabbed in back during Leeds 'attempted robbery'

Police cordoned off the area near Mecca Bingo in Leeds. Pic: Google.
Police cordoned off the area near Mecca Bingo in Leeds. Pic: Google.

A man was stabbed in the back during what police believe was an attempted robbery in Leeds city centre.

Officers were called by the ambulance service shortly after 8.15pm last night to New York Street, where a seriously injured man had been found near to Mecca Bingo.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “While we are still speaking to the victim and witnesses to get further details and establish the full circumstances, we believe this has been an attempted robbery."

“The victim was seriously injured and although his injuries are thankfully not life threatening, the incident could easily have had more serious consequences."

A 48-year-old man had been with two friends in the nearby park when they were approached by a group of youths, police said.

The victim was punched and stabbed in the back, they added.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The group of youths was described as being a mix of white and black males and females.

Det Insp Entwistle said: “We are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those involved and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101, quoting crime number 13180062409 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.