Renewed Appeal After Shop Worker Seriously Injured In Machete Incident, Leeds.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information over a machete attack in Leeds where a shop worker was seriously injured.

Officers from Leeds District CID are continuing to carry out enquiries into the incident which occurred shortly before 1.36pm yesterday at M&K Off Licence, at the junction of Stoney Rock Lane and Westlock Avenue, in Burmantofts.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, received serious injuries to his hand and wrist during an incident in the store involving three males who were armed with machetes.

He is continuing to receive treatment in hospital for injuries that are serious but not life threatening.

The suspects have been described as three white males, aged between 15 and 20, wearing dark clothing. They were seen to run off into Beckett Street Cemetery.

Detective Inspector Michael Herbert, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are still working to establish the full circumstances of this incident and to establish the motive but one line of enquiry we are exploring is the attempted robbery of the shop.

“We have spoken to a number of witnesses but are still very keen to hear from anyone who has seen the suspects in the area, particularly as they have fled the scene into Beckett Street Cemetery.

“We are trawling CCTV in the area to build up a picture of their movements and would welcome any sightings from the public that could assist that work.

“The victim has received very significant injuries and it is vital that we identify and arrest those responsible at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210314479 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An order that was put in place in east Leeds yesterday under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to give officers additional stop and search powers following the incident was rescinded shortly after 9pm last night following a review.

 


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in an incident involving machetes in Leeds today.

At 1.36pm, officers were called to M&K Off Licence, at the junction of Stoney Rock Lane and Westlock Avenue, in Burmantofts.

A member of staff, a 50-year-old man, had received serious injuries to his hand and wrist during an incident in the store involving three youths who were armed with machetes.

The victim has been taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are serious but not life threatening.

A large scene is currently in place around the shop to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “Our investigation is still at an early stage and we are working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“The victim has received very serious and significant injuries to his hand and wrist and he is continuing to receive treatment in hospital.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the three youths running off from the scene.”

“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 keeping local community representatives updated and maintaining a visible presence in the area to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210314479 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Additional stop and search powers have been put in place following the incident under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

It gives officers the right to search people or vehicles for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments in a defined area for a set period to prevent serious violence.

It means anyone in that area may be searched for weapons without police officers having to have their usual grounds to suspect each person searched.

The order covers an area of east Leeds surrounding the A64 York Road encompassing Burmantofts, East End Park, Harehills, Gipton, Halton Moor and Seacroft.

It has been put in place initially for 24 hours but will be regularly reviewed.

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