Six in court following Bradford city centre stabbing

APPEAL: Police have released images of men they want to speak to

PLEA: One of the men police are trying to trace

SCENE: Sackville Street where the incident happened on Bank Holiday Monday

First published in News

SIX men, arrested following a stabbing incident in Bradford city centre, appeared before a crown court judge yesterday - as police launched an appeal to find two more men who may have "vital" information about the incident.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, fixed a trial date of November 24 but Bradford Crown Court heard the matter could be resolved at the next hearing.

Five people were injured during the disturbance, in Sackville Street in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, this year. Three people suffered stab wounds, but none of the injuries proved to be life-threatening.

Police said a fight took place following a stand off in the street between two groups.

Nine people have been arrested in connection with allegations including violent disorder, wounding with intent, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

The six men at court yesterday all appeared from custody. Brothers Levon Halliday, 30, of Reginald Street, Chapeltown, Leeds, and Dwight Halliday, 28, of Louis Street, Chapeltown, appeared via video link from Leeds Prison.

The other defendants appeared in the dock. They were Jahbari Blair, 18, of Rookwood Vale, Osmondthorpe, Leeds; Jozeffi Jeffers, 18, of Roman Place, Roundhay, Leeds; Ryan Carpenter, 21, of Leopold Street, Chapeltown; and Marcus Kaye, 20, of North Carr, Dalton, Huddersfield.

Prosecutor Felicity Hemlin told the court that inquiries were ongoing and another defendant was to be charged and linked to the matter.

Miss Hemlin said one witness in the case had suffered a broken jaw and teeth and others had stab wounds, but they did not seem to be very deep. She said there were ten possible prosecution witnesses, and medical evidence outstanding which may assist the level of assault to be charged.

She said two suspects were still to be identified.

Police yesterday released images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the incident. Detectives believe they have vital information and urged them to come forward at the earliest opportunity.

One is described as having a tattoo in the form of written words around the sides and back of his neck.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Lyons, of Bradford District CID, said: "We would ask anyone who might be able to identify these people, or has further information about the incident, to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111."

Barrister Kate Bisset, representing Dwight Halliday, told the judge it seemed the case was "capable of resolution."

The court heard that what happened was caught on CCTV film.

Adjourning the case until August 28, Judge Thomas told the defendants: "It seems to be being said that on that occasion this case can be resolved."

He remanded the defendants in custody, but said he would hear any bail applications next week.

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