A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenager’s hand was chopped off with a machete in Leeds.
The unnamed 24-year-old was arrested today while a 13-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to the April 9 attack.
West Yorkshire Police said they believe the incidents are linked.
The 24-year-old remains in police custody.
The victim, 18, who was brutally assaulted in Leeds, West Yorkshire, was in “good spirits” and even made a daring joke.
One man who witnessed the vicious attack said he was “screaming in pain”, describing the scene as “horrific” to YorkshireLive.
But amazingly, the man noted how the teenager managed to crack an X-rated joke to first aiders about a certain activity he’d no longer be able to partake in without his hand.
“He was obviously screaming in pain – which we all heard,” the witness added.
“I mean, the lad had his arm chopped off.
“He was in good spirits – he shouted out, ‘for God sake, how am I going to be able to w**k now?!’”.
Extra stop and search powers were put in place yesterday, allowing officers to search people and vehicles under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
It covers an area of east Leeds including Harehills, Gipton, Halton Moor, Swarcliffe and adjoining areas either side of the A64.
The original order was put in place for 24 hours from 3pm yesterday. A further 24-hour order has been authorised and will be reviewed again tomorrow.
Superintendent Russ Hughes, of Leeds District, said: “The continued use of Section 60 powers is a legitimate tactic that gives us an enhanced ability to target and deter those carrying weapons and therefore prevent serious violence.
“Scrutiny and accountability are key factors to ensure the trust and confidence of our communities, and we are working closely with local representatives to keep them fully updated.
Detectives are appealing for anyone with information on the attack to come forward.
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Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are building up a picture of the events immediately surrounding this attack and it is clear from our enquiries that a number of people were involved and we are still keen for any information that could assist us in identifying them.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210182460 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.