Armley: Residents make “drop the knives” plea following 18-year-old’s death

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Incident: Hall Lane, Armley. Photo: Google

Armley residents have called on young people to stop carrying knives following the death of an 18-year-old man on Friday evening.

The incident happened just before 5.30pm on Friday evening, when two males in a taxi were attacked by three suspects in another vehicle.

An 18-year-old male was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Another male, aged 16, was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening. 

The incident comes just two weeks after Trust Gangata, a 17-year-old college student, was stabbed to death at a house party in Armley. Four men are awaiting trial after being charged with his murder.

Armley residents have taken to social media to express their shock.

One commenter said: “It’s time to drop the knives, put them away, this is getting too much.”

Another added: “Another life taken too soon, this has to stop. To happen so soon after the 17-year-old lost his life the other week… when will people ever learn?”

“This is happening too often,” said another. “So sad to hear that one’s sadly passed away. Praying the other lad recovers well also that the taxi driver is ok. Thoughts with family and friends.”

And another added: “It’s getting ridiculous now with the amount of stabbings. Need more police visible in the streets like it use to be. This government needs to start putting money in to the right places.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Lee Townley, said: “Extensive enquiries are being carried out in relation to this murder investigation. Our thoughts remain with the victim who has lost his life as a result of a violent attack on the streets of Leeds.

“This incident will undoubtably cause concern in the community and we are working with our colleagues in the neighbourhood policing team to step up patrols and provide extra reassurance.”

Hall Lane is still cordoned off this afternoon (Sunday) while police forensics continue to examine the area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or use the online live chat, quoting log 1331 of 31 March. Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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