Boy, 15, stabbed and pulled from river after gangs clash at illegal rave

 A 15-year-old boy with stab wounds had to be pulled from the river after a teenager allegedly pulled out a machete in a fight outside a park in Sheffield.

A video which is circulating on social media shows a large group of young people outside Endcliffe Park, with two of them appearing to be in a physical fight.

A third teenager then intervenes and breaks up the fight by drawing a machete, prompting loud screams and swearing.

The video ends with the teenager appearing to walk away.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said they were called to reports of an illegal rave shortly before 6.45pm on Friday night.

The statement added: ‘On arrival at the scene a 15-year old boy who had been stabbed in the shoulder was pulled from the river.

‘He was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution, his injuries are not thought to be serious.’

The group was dispersed by local neighbourhood officers and there was an increased police presence in the area last night.

A 19-year-old man from Bradford was arrested on suspicion of robbery and a 16-year-old boy from Sheffield was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon following the incident.


District Commander for Sheffield, Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton, said: ‘This gathering was dealt with swiftly by officers and there has been nothing but praise from the public for the way they conducted the operation.

‘Endcliffe Park is a public space, which residents of all ages expect to be able to enjoy in a safe and peaceful manner.

‘Officers will continue to patrol the area over the weekend to provide reassurance to people out enjoying the park.’

The clash is the latest in a string of violent incidents in Sheffield in recent days. There have been three shootings in the city in the past 48 hours.

A dog was shot in the early hours of Friday morning, sparking a large police presence. Officers cordoned off a road after the ‘six or so’ really loud bangs were heard at around 1am, according to YorkshireLive.

A helicopter could also be seen circling above the area and there were large pools of blood on the pavement.

Police said the dog had to be put down after being shot with a shotgun.

Officers also responded to a double shooting in the city early Thursday morning.

Coronavirus lockdown brought violent crime down to record lows, though it had been on the rise before the pandemic hit.

Analysts have warned police to brace themselves for an explosion of incidents when restrictions lift, saying past gang rivalries and vendettas that have built up will erupt on the streets.

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