Boy’s skull fractured in bloody machete attack with one more injured

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Two boys have been injured in a horror machete attack in Leeds.

One, 15, suffered a fractured skull and the other, 17, received a wound to the wrist.

A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of two offences of wounding with intent and possession of drugs.

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “The younger male has received a very significant head injury consistent with being struck over the head with a machete, and we are treating this incident very seriously.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or saw those involved in the area.

“This has happened alongside a busy main road in the early evening and there will have been a good deal of passing traffic. We would appeal to anyone who was travelling past the scene, particularly anyone with relevant dashcam footage, to contact us.

“While the investigation remains at an early stage, there is nothing at this point to suggest a link to any other previous similar incidents.

“Clearly serious violence involving weapons is completely unacceptable and we are working closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure residents and continuing to support proactive operations to target those carrying weapons on the streets.”

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