Leeds news LIVE: Police at Crown Point Shopping Centre after 'armed masked men with machete raid Superdrug'

Three armed men raided the Superdrug store in Crown Point Shopping Centre this morning (Friday).

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:16 pm

Police were called at 10.49am today with a report that three men, armed with weapons, and wearing dark clothing had entered the store at the complex in Junction Street.

They caused damage inside the store.

It is not yet known if anything was stolen.

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Police at Crown Point Shopping Centre.

Nobody was hurt.

Superdrug remains cordoned off and police are speaking to witnesses at the scene.

Any who witnessed the incident or saw the men leaving the scene is urged to contact police straight away on 101, quoting log number 468 of 23/04/21.

Leeds news LIVE: Police at Crown Point Shopping Centre after ‘armed masked men with machete raid Superdrug’

Last updated: Friday, 23 April, 2021, 14:05

    ““I saw a guy holding a machete"

    Security guard Sheraz Iftikhar was manning the shop next door and witnessed the incident.

    He said: “I saw a guy holding a machete, wearing a balaclava.

    “He told someone inside to hurry up. At that point I came back in, closed the shutters and made sure the staff were safe.

    “We’ve had it happen here, Boots got robbed last year. It’s happening more and more, it seems like a regular occurrence.”

    Police at the scene of incident at Crown Point Shopping Centre

    Police are guarding the scene on an incident at Crown Point Shopping Centre in Leeds.

    Our reporter at the scene has been told masked men armed with a machete raided Superdrug.

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    BBC Radio Leeds presenter Stephanie Hirst is leaving the station.

    Stephanie, who joined the station in 2018, confirmed the news on Facebook.

    She told RadioToday: “Thank you to the BBC for allowing me to live out a childhood dream of working for the corporation.

    “I’ve worked alongside some of the most talented and wonderful people, who have helped me grow as a broadcaster. For that I will be eternally grateful.”

    Her last show will be today (Friday), 2pm-6pm.

    Stephanie joined BBC Radio Leeds to host mid-mornings in 2018 but has more recently been presenting the afternoon slot.

    Fans said they were “gutted” on Stephanie’s Facebook page.

    One said: “Will really miss listening to you on an afternoon. I only started listening during lockdown and I have to say you helped get me through shielding and some tough months.”

    Another listener said: “Gosh this is a shock and big loss for Leeds!”

    While another added: “Aw Steph, I will really miss listening to you on my drive home from work. Was gutted when I heard it was your last week.”

    Police sweeping the park in Harehills after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed

    Police sweeping Harehills Park

    Police at the scene in Harehills Park

    Petrol station robbery

    As of 10am police are also at a petrol station in York Road following a robbery.

    Police have confirmed the incident was a robbery but more information is pending - keep following for updates.

    The incident is not linked to the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Harehills.

    Pictures from the Harehills scene still in place this morning

    Harehills Park police cordon: Teenager found after being stabbed in shoulder

    Harehills Park

    A teenager was seriously injured in a stabbing in Harehills last night.

    The 16-year-old man was found with a serious shoulder injury and taken to hospital by ambulance.

    He is continuing to receive treatment, and his injuries are not life threatening.

    The victim reported being in the park with a male friend, also aged 16, when they were supposedly approached by a large group of black and Asian males who attacked them. The friend received minor injuries consisting of bruising.

    A cordon is currently in place in the park for examination.

    Detective Inspector Michael Herbert, of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim has received a very significant injury and we are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and to identify those responsible.

    “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has seen this large group of males in the vicinity of the park either at the time of the attack or in the period leading up to it.

    “We are liaising with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who will be maintaining an increased presence in the area to reassure the community.”

    The full West Yorkshire Police statement said: “Police are appealing for information after a teenager was seriously injured in a knife attack in Leeds.

    “At 8.50pm last night (21/4) police were called to Harehills Park, in Coldcotes Avenue, Harehills, after the victim, a 16-year-old male, had been found nearby with a serious injury to his shoulder.

    “He was taken to hospital by ambulance and is continuing to receive treatment. His injuries are not life threatening.

    “The victim reported being in the park with a male friend, also aged 16, when they were approached by a large group of black and Asian males who attacked them. The friend received minor injuries consisting of bruising.

    “A scene remains in place in the park to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches.

    “Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210197088 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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