Leeds & West Yorkshire

Garforth stabbing: Police search for Leslie Cunningham

Leslie Cunningham
Image caption Police warned the public that Leslie Cunningham is considered dangerous

Detectives seeking a man following a knife attack on a woman and her daughter in Leeds have carried out a number of searches.

Officers trying to trace Leslie Cunningham, 40, have carried out 12 operations, including the searches, after receiving calls from the public.

The two women, aged 55 and 25, suffered serious injuries during the incident in Bar Lane, Garforth on Tuesday morning.

A force spokesman said Mr Cunningham is considered dangerous.

Members of the public have been warned not to approach him and to contact West Yorkshire Police.

Police made an appeal to speak to the 40-year-old in connection with what they described as "an extremely violent incident".

He is described as white, 6ft 2ins tall, athletically built with a horizontal scar under his right eye.

He has large tattoos on both forearms featuring a dragon, fish and panther on his left arm and a dragon skull on his right.

Image caption Several areas within Garforth were sealed off for forensic examination

A police spokesman said officers were called to Bar Lane just before 08:00 BST after reports of a "domestic stabbing".

They found two women suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The victims were taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where the 55-year-old was described as being in a serious but stable condition.

Her daughter's injuries were said to be serious but not life-threatening.

Both remain in hospital where they are undergoing further treatment.

Det Ch Insp Dean Henson, from West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "Since the appeal we have received a number of phone calls from the public providing us with information on Leslie Cunningham and including a number of possible sightings.

"We are in the process of working through that information and I would continue to ask members of the public to be on the look out for this man.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Garforth for their continued help and support.

"A high number of officers remain in the area carrying out high visibility patrols and offering reassurance to local people."

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