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MACHETE FIGHT UPDATE: Teenager faces court

MACHETE FIGHT UPDATE: Teenager faces court

 

Machete fight update as youth faces the court charged in relation to an incident in Leeds in which two teenagers were seriously injured.

The 16-year-old male, who cannot be publicly named due to his age, has been charged with two counts of Section 18 wounding with intent, two counts of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place, and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

The charges relate to an incident on Tuesday evening in a ginnel that runs between York Road and Rookwood Avenue, in Osmondthorpe.

The two injured males, aged 15 and 17, are continuing to receive treatment in hospital and remain under arrest on suspicion of affray in relation to the incident.

The original report from West Yorkshire Police is below.

“Police are appealing for information following an incident involving machetes in which two youths were seriously injured in Leeds.

At 6.39pm on May 4th police were called to reports of two youths fighting with machetes in a ginnel that runs between York Road and Rookwood Avenue, Osmondthorpe.

Two males, aged 15 and 17, were found at the scene with injuries. The 15-year-old had received a fractured skull and a wound to his leg. The 17-year-old received a wound to his wrist.

Their injuries are not life threatening and they are continuing to receive treatment in hospital. Both males have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

A 16-year-old male was detained nearby by officers and a machete and a quantity of cannabis recovered from him. He was arrested on suspicion of two offences of wounding with intent and possession of drugs. He remains in custody.

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “The younger male has received a very significant head injury consistent with being struck over the head with a machete, and we are treating this incident very seriously.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or saw those involved in the area.

“This has happened alongside a busy main road in the early evening and there will have been a good deal of passing traffic. We would appeal to anyone who was travelling past the scene, particularly anyone with relevant dashcam footage, to contact us.

“While the investigation remains at an early stage, there is nothing at this point to suggest a link to any other previous similar incidents.

“Clearly serious violence involving weapons is completely unacceptable and we are working closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure residents and continuing to support proactive operations to target those carrying weapons on the streets.”


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