FULL STORY: Halifax town centre on lockdown after teen stabbed in the neck

Police officers guard the scene of a suspected stabbing in the early hours of Good Friday in Halifax town centre. A large area between Silver Street, Central Street, Crown Street and Waterhouse Street has been cordoned off.
Police officers guard the scene of a suspected stabbing in the early hours of Good Friday in Halifax town centre. A large area between Silver Street, Central Street, Crown Street and Waterhouse Street has been cordoned off.

A HUGE cordon was thrown round almost the entire centre of Halifax this morning after a teenager was stabbed in the neck.

Street after street was taped off by police after the attack, which came at the end of a night out.

Police officers guard the scene of a suspected stabbing in the early hours of Good Friday in Halifax town centre. A large area between Silver Street, Central Street, Crown Street and Waterhouse Street has been cordoned off.

Police officers guard the scene of a suspected stabbing in the early hours of Good Friday in Halifax town centre. A large area between Silver Street, Central Street, Crown Street and Waterhouse Street has been cordoned off.

The 19-year-old victim, named locally as Gary Booth, was attacked in Silver Street at around 4.50am.

Two men in their early 20s have been arrested and are being questioned by detectives.

Corrina Lockley, whose son witnessed the attack, wrote on the Courier Facebook page: “He thought he was going to die, there was so much blood.”

The victim, believed to be a former pupil of St Catherine’s Catholic High School in Holmfield, Halifax, was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where he had emergency surgery.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, of Calderdale CID, said his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

He said: “We will be interviewing the injured person then carrying on our inquiries with the two men we have in custody.”

It is understood a doorman at Yates’s in Silver Street held one of the suspects until police arrived.

Silver Street, Crown Street, Central Street and Waterhouse Street were cordoned off as officers examined the scene, and buses were being diverted.

It is the third time in less than two weeks businesses in the area have had to shut following major incidents.

Donna Ginty, owner of Crown Coffee House in Waterhouse Street, was turned away as she arrived for work at around 8am.

She was told she would not be able to return until the afternoon so decided not to bother. The cordon ended up being lifted at around 10am.

“I am very sorry for the person who has been injured but it’s another whole day’s trade lost,” she said.

Last Monday a bomb scare brought chaos to the town centre, where roads were closed, the bus station was shut, and several buildings were evacuated for around three hours.

It was after a suspicious package was found outside the army careers office.

Two days later, roads were closed after a lorry carrying hundreds of chickens to a slaughterhouse overturned on Broad Street.