Two charged after Leeds stabbing

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A 48-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in Leeds.

Andrew Wilkes, of Louis Court, Chapeltown, and the teenager from Kirkstall have been remanded in custody following violent clashes between youths on Mexborough Drive, in Chapeltown, on Thursday at around 9pm.

A 14-year-old boy from Kirkstall and an 18-year-old man from Chapeltown have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The fracas led to the treatment of a 44-year-old man who sustained non-life-threatening stab injuries and a 16-year-old boy who suffered head injuries at Leeds General Infirmary.

It is thought that the clash escalated following tensions between groups of young men at a youth club meeting earlier in the evening.

The two males charged will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Anyone who witnessed the fracas or has information that could help police enquiries should call 101.

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