Teenager suffers ‘extremely serious injury’ as hand chopped off in machete attack in Leeds

A large police cordon remains in place around Stanks Parade in Leeds as forensics officers search the area

A large police cordon remains in place around Stanks Parade in Leeds as forensics officers search the area (Photo: Gary Longbottom).

A teenager's hand has been chopped off during a machete attack in the Swarcliffe area of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Police were called to Stanks Parade just after 9.30pm on the evening of Tuesday 13 April, where they found an 18-year-old man whose hand had been completely severed, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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The teenager was taken to hospital by ambulance, but his condition is not life-threatening.

Detectives from Leeds CID are investigating and a large police cordon remains in place around Stanks Parade as forensics officers search the area.

‘The victim has suffered an extremely serious injury’

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out a detailed and comprehensive investigation to establish the full circumstances and identify those responsible.

“The victim has suffered an extremely serious injury and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who saw any part of 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 reference 13210182460, or online via the West Yorkshire Police live chat.

Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Det Insp Shackleton added: “We recognise that an incident such as this will cause understandable concern in the community and we are liaising closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are updating their community representatives and maintaining a visible presence in the area to reassure people.”