A teenager was today in a “stable” condition after knife fight in the street left him with slash wounds.

Police were called to Church Lane at around 6pm on Sunday after reports of a fight involving two gangs.

Two 16-year-old boys suffered stab wounds and were taken to Leeds General Infirmary for urgent medical treatment.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the two youths sustained “serious” injuries and one remained in hospital in a “stable” condition.

Streets sealed off after two teenagers injured in double stabbing

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested.

The clash between the two teenagers is believed to have happened outside the Kirkwood Hospice charity shop on the corner of Ruth Street and Church Lane.

Traders have spoken of what happened and a woman from a nearby shop has given a dramatic account of how she and a female colleague helped a blood-soaked teenager who stumbled into their premises.

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The woman, who asked not to be named, said the teenager – slashed down the left side of his body – ran into Simply Food and Drinks in Church Lane.

She said: “He was in a bloody mess. He was very pale and quiet.

“He had blood all over him and came in with a lass who had blood on her too.

“My colleague who is first aid-trained put a towel round his side where he had been slashed.

“We sat him down in a corner and phoned for an ambulance which came very quickly.”

It is thought one of the youths involved comes from Dalton.

Eyewitness Dave Jenkins, who lives next door, said: “I looked out of the window and there were two gangs goading each other across the road.

“There were around 10 lads outside the hospice shop and another 20 or so in the car park at the back of the health centre.

Car park behind Newsome Health Centre where a gang of 20 lads congregated before two youths clashed with knives.

“I don’t know what it was all about but all of a sudden there was a commotion, it got very noisy and then it stopped almost as suddenly as it started.

“It went very quiet as the police arrived and the lads, who were aged 15/16 years old scarpered.”

It is understood the fight, which locals said involved the use of knives and machetes, may have been sparked by a fight two days earlier.

Kirklees Green Party councillor Andrew Cooper, who represents Newsome, said: “I am appalled at the incident.

“We need to ensure there’s education for young people about the danger of knives and weapons of all kinds.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference 13170588237.