Two Further Men Charged Over Machete Assault Incident, Swarcliffe, Leeds.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Two men are due to appear in court charged in relation to an incident in Leeds in which a man suffered a severed hand.

Joshua Tilleard, aged 23, of Baildon, Shipley, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the incident in Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, on Tuesday, April 13, where an 18-year-old man was attacked with a machete.

He is also charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop in relation to the circumstances of his arrest yesterday.

Kyle Hughes, aged 24, of no fixed address has been charged with violent disorder in relation to the incident in Swarcliffe on April 13.

Both men are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.


Friday, April 16, 2021

A new order giving police additional stop and search powers in areas of east Leeds has been put in place today as part of ongoing work to deter serious violence following an incident in which a man suffered a severed hand.

Senior officers at Leeds District originally authorised the use of Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 on Wednesday following the incident in Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, on Tuesday night where an 18-year-old man was attacked with a machete.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and violent disorder in relation to the incident. He appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court today, where he was remanded in custody pending a further hearing

Detectives from Leeds District CID are continuing to progress the investigation and are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident on Tuesday or who has any information that could assist.

The Section 60 order gives officers the power 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 reasonable grounds to suspect each person searched.

The first order was made on Wednesday for an initial 24 hours and then extended for a further 24 hours following a review. The legislation allows a maximum period of 48 hours.

The order had been made on the basis of information suggesting a link between Tuesday’s attack and previous incidents, including assaults and criminal damage, involving rival groups in the area.

A new order has been considered and authorised today from 4pm for 24 hours and will be reviewed tomorrow.

It covers an area of east Leeds encompassing Harehills, Gipton, Halton Moor, Swarcliffe and adjoining areas either side of the A64.

Superintendent Russ Hughes, of Leeds District, said: “Having given very careful consideration to the latest intelligence and information that we have, I consider that there remains a clear need for the continued use of Section 60 powers to target and deter those carrying weapons, with the aim of preventing any further serious violence.

“The feedback we are getting through our local neighbourhood policing teams is that people in the communities involved are widely supportive of our continued use of this tactic.

“We do however recognise the need for openness and accountability and are continuing to work closely with local community representatives to that end.

“The carrying of weapons and their use to commit serious violence is completely unacceptable and creates understandable concern in the community. We are determined to keep doing everything we can to disrupt, deter and bring to justice those who involve themselves in this type of criminal behaviour.”

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.

 


Friday, April 16, 2021

A man is due to appear in court charged with offences relating to a serious assault in Leeds in which a man suffered a severed hand.

George Johns, aged 24, of Swarcliffe, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of violent disorder in relation to the incident in Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, on Tuesday night, where an 18-year-old man was attacked with a machete.

He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.

Detectives from Leeds District CID are continuing to carry out enquiries into the incident and are still keen to hear from anyone with any information that could assist the investigation.

A Section 60 order, which gives officers additional stop and search powers to check people for weapons, was extended for 24 hours yesterday and remains in place. It covers an area of east Leeds encompassing Harehills, Gipton, Halton Moor, Swarcliffe and adjoining areas either side of the A64.

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.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating a serious assault in Leeds in which a man suffered a severed hand.

The 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to the incident in Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, on Tuesday night, where an 18-year-old man was attacked with a machete. He remains in custody.

The victim is continuing to receive treatment in hospital.

Officers have also arrested a 13-year-old male on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to an incident at an address on April 9, which is believed to be linked.

Additional stop and search powers were put in place yesterday in part of east Leeds in response to the incident, which may be linked to other recent incidents involving rival groups.

Senior officers at Leeds District authorised the use of Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which 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 reasonable grounds to suspect each person searched.

The original order was put in place for 24 hours from 3.06pm yesterday. A further 24-hour order has been authorised and will be reviewed again tomorrow.

It covers an area of east Leeds encompassing Harehills, Gipton, Halton Moor, Swarcliffe and adjoining areas either side of the A64.

Local neighbourhood policing team officers are continuing to conduct increased proactive patrols of the areas covered by the Section 60 powers.

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 would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident in the vicinity of Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, at about 9.30pm on Tuesday or who has any information that could assist the investigation.

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.

 


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Police have temporarily put additional stop and search powers in place in part of Leeds after a man suffered a severed hand in an attack which may be linked to other recent incidents.

Senior officers at Leeds District have authorised the use of Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which 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 reasonable grounds to suspect each person searched.

The order covers an area in east Leeds bordering the A64 York Road.

The authorisation was made at 3.06pm today for 24 hours but will be reviewed in the morning.

It follows an incident at about 9.30pm last night (13/4) where an 18-year-old man was assaulted with a machete and his hand completely severed. He is continuing to receive treatment in hospital.

While enquiries are at an early stage, there is information to suggest it may be linked to previous incidents, including assaults and criminal damage, involving rival groups in the area.

Investigations into those previous incidents have seen a number of people arrested and charged with offences.

Superintendent Russ Hughes, of Leeds District, said: “The incident last night has resulted in a particularly nasty injury being caused to a young man with a machete, and I know people in the community will be as shocked and appalled as we are at this level of violence.

“While detectives from Leeds District CID are still working to establish the full circumstances, we believe this attack may be linked to other previous incidents involving rival groups.

“Violence such as this cannot and will not be tolerated and we will continue doing everything we can to identify those responsible and to take positive action against them.

“We are putting a range of measures in place to deter any further incidents including the use of additional search powers under Section 60. This gives officers an increased ability to target those involved in carrying weapons so we can prevent any further offences.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will also be increasing their patrols and presence in the area.

“I want to reassure people that we remain very firmly committed to working proactively to keep our communities safe, and I hope they will be supportive of the approach we are taking.”

Anyone who witnessed last night’s incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation 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.

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