Teenager has hand chopped off in gruesome machete attack as its “completely severed”

A teenager’s hand was chopped off in a gruesome machete attack in Leeds.

The victim, 18, was rushed to hospital after his hand was “completely severed”, police said.

Detectives are now appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place in the Swarcliffe area at around 9:30pm on Tuesday.

A cordon remains in place as forensic teams search the area.

Neighbours put a belt around the teenager’s arm to apply pressure and bandaged it up before he was treated, reports LeedsLive.

And an eyewitness said the victim was in “good spirits” as he was taken to hospital – despite the horror injury.

The resident, who preferred not to give his name, said: “He was obviously screaming in pain – which we all heard.

“I mean, the lad had his arm chopped off.”

Another local added: “We heard it from where we are round the corner – there was a load of shouting.

“When we came out, we could hear a lad writhing in pain.

“His hand was on the road. I have never seen anything like it, it was like something off of a horror film. I hope he’s doing okay!”

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and are carrying out a detailed and comprehensive investigation to establish the full circumstances and identify those responsible.

“The victim has suffered an extremely serious injury and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who saw any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.

“We would encourage anyone who does feel able to contact the police with information to make use of the anonymous service provided by the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“We recognise that an incident such as this will cause understandable concern in the community and we are liaising closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are updating their community representatives and maintaining a visible presence in the area to reassure people.”