Man stabbed as youths clash in Chapeltown, Leeds

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A 44-year old man was stabbed and a teenager received head injuries after violent clashes between youths in Leeds.

The two victims remained in hospital today following the fracas in Mexborough Drive, Chapeltown.

The incident scene. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The incident scene. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Police were called to the scene at around 9pm last night following reports of a “large fight”.

Eyewitnesses said the clash escalated following tensions between groups of young men at a youth club meeting earlier in the evening.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed a 44-year-old man was found with serious stab injuries and “a group of men dispersed on police arrival” at the scene last night.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment where his condition is described as stable. His injuries are not considered life threatening, police said.

The force confirmed a 16-year-old male also received hospital treatment for head injuries and was kept in for observations.

Three men, aged 14, 16 and 48, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and are currently in police custody.

An 18-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in custody.

The scene of the incident remained taped off today as it was being examined by a forensics squad. Police enquiries remain ongoing..

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are conducting patrols in the area to reassure the community and will continue to monitor the situation.”

Witnesses should call police on 101.