POLICE are appealing for information after a teenager was seriously injured in a knife attack in Leeds.

A 16-year-old boy suffered a serious injury to his shoulder after police were called to Harehills Park in Coldcotes Avenue, Harehills, at around 8.50pm yesterday.

He was found nearby and taken to hospital and is continuing to receive treatment. His injuries are not life threatening.

The teenager reported being in the park with a male friend, also aged 16, when they were approached by a large group of black and Asian males who attacked them.

The friend received minor injuries consisting of bruising.

A scene remains in place in the park to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman added.

Detective Inspector Michael Herbert, of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim has received a very significant injury and we are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and to identify those responsible.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has seen this large group of males in the vicinity of the park either at the time of the attack or in the period leading up to it.

“We are liaising with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who will be maintaining an increased presence in the area to reassure the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210197088 or via westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.