Teenager remanded over town centre stabbings

By Alistair Keely,Press Association
Sunday 23 October 2011 05:16

A teenager was remanded in custody today charged with seven counts of attempted murder after a series of town centre stabbings.

Raheem Nawaz, 19, was charged with the offences following the knife attacks in Keighley town centre on Thursday night and early Friday morning that left a number of people injured.

Nawaz, who appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court in handcuffs, is charged with the attempted murder of Mohammed Nazam, Najid Hussain, Sarah Wade, Fiona Haughey, Fiona Moorhouse, James French and Carol Owlett.

Nawaz, from Wilmer Drive, Bradford, was remanded in custody until 3 September when he will next appear at Bradford Crown Court.

Two victims remain in hospital, a 44-year-old woman who is in a serious but stable condition, and a 24-year-old man who was also described as stable.

West Yorkshire Police were initially called after reports that a 24-year-old man had received stab wounds in Victoria Street at about 10.15pm on Thursday.

Just over two hours later, a second incident happened outside a JD Wetherspoon pub in Keighley in which six more people were stabbed.