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Man, 24, arrested after machete gang chopped off teen's hand

A 24-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder after a teenager's hand was chopped off in a horrific machete attack in Leeds. 

The 18-year-old man's severed hand was reportedly left lying in the road following the suspected gang assault on Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, on Tuesday night.

He is being treated in hospital for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening. 

Officers have also arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of criminal damage at an address on April 9, which detectives believe to be linked to the assault. 

The 18-year-old man's severed hand was reportedly left lying in the road following the suspected gang assault on Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, on Tuesday night (police at the scene) 

A cordon was in place in Swarcliffe with officers searching the area for the machete used in the horrific attack

Pictured: Officers seen at the location of the machete attack last night

West Yorkshire Police are using additional stop and search powers in an area of east Leeds where they believe gang warfare is rife. 

Superintendent Russ Hughes 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.'

Police are appealing for information, and Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton said they believe the attack involved 'a number of people'. 

Residents in Swarcliffe say the 18-year-old was approached by a gang who 'came up and chopped his whole hand off' at around 9.30pm on Tuesday. 

One neighbour who witnessed the attack said: 'I have never known anything like it' and described it as 'horrific'. 

While another resident said that the victim could be heard 'screaming in pain'.

One witness also said the victim was able to make a cruel joke about life without his missing appendage following the attack.

He said: 'He was obviously screaming in pain - which we all heard. 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?!'' 

Officers were called out to Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe, where they found the victim, whose hand had been 'completely severed', being treated by neighbours who had tied a belt around his wrist and attempted to bandage his severed hand which was seen lying in the middle of the road

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