Appeal To Trace Suspect Who Slashed Boy In Leeds

Friday, May 17, 2024

Detectives investigating an incident in Leeds where a 16-year-old boy was slashed with knife and seriously injured have released an image of the suspect.

The victim had been walking with friends in Mabgate in the city centre at about 11.15am on Thursday, February 22, when they saw a man acting erratically around the Regent Street underpass.

Do you recognise the suspect?

He shouted abuse at one of the boys who became involved in an altercation with him in nearby St Mary’s Street. When the victim intervened, the suspect produced a blade and slashed him across the forehead.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and required stitches to the wound. (The victim and his family have consented to releasing this image of the injury to support the appeal)

The boy was slashed across the forehead and required stitches to the wound

The incident is being treated as grievous bodily harm with intent and is being investigated by detectives from Leeds District CID.

The suspect was described as white, aged about 50, and around 5ft 9ins tall. He had a black/grey stubble beard and balding dark hair. He had a deep voice with a local accent and was wearing a black tracksuit and a black beanie hat.

Anyone who recognises the suspect or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact PC 4651 Emmott at Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13240099415 or online at

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

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