Three teenagers have been released on police bail following a triple stabbing in Holmfirth town centre on Friday evening.

Detectives made three arrests on Saturday afternoon, of two boys aged just 14 and one aged 16, after street fighting broke out in front of shocked onlookers in Victoria Street at around 10.25pm the previous night.

More than 50 youths were hanging around the town centre after being ejected from an unauthorised party at Netherthong by an angry parent.

Now police have mounted extra patrols in the area.

Police Sergeant Richard Haigh, from the Valleys Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The disturbance had emanated from a dispute at a house party which had grown out of control after it was publicised on social media.

“This dispute continued into central Holmfirth and led to three young men aged 17,19 and 21 receiving injuries. Fortunately none of these were life threatening.

“Three men, who are not from the local area, were swiftly arrested and have been released on police bail as the investigation continues to progress.

“Our enquires suggest this was a targeted assault between people from the party. Although this has understandably disturbed local residents, I would reassure them that incidents of this nature are extremely rare for Holmfirth.

Police seal off Holmfirth town centre after stabbing
Police seal off Holmfirth town centre after stabbing
 

“In the last two years we have reduced incidents of knife crime across Kirklees by over 28%. That’s 67 less incidents since 2011.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will continue to conduct additional patrols across central Holmfirth to provide reassurance.”

The 21-year-old victim was the most seriously injured with a punctured kidney.

Police said his injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

A second victim spent one night in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and was released on Saturday.

The third victim was treated for more superficial wounds and released without being admitted to hospital.

Over the weekend, Detective Sergeant Adrian Belle, of Kirklees CID,  said: “It is fortunate no-one was more seriously injured in what was a very unusual incident for the Holmfirth area.

“This sort of behaviour will absolutely not  be tolerated by police or local residents.”Any witnesses who have not yet spoken  to the police should contact Huddersfield CID on101 and quote ref 1826 of March 14.

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