Entertainment: Man has hand 'chopped off' by balaclava thugs in daylight attack 'like horror film'

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A serious attack at a working men's club has been described as "like something out of a horror film" by a shocked witness who claims a man had his hand "chopped off". The male victim reportedly lost his hand in an assault at Deighton Working Men's Club in Huddersfield, West Yorks.

One horrified witness said she heard a "squeal" as two men wearing balaclavas severed the victim's hand on Tuesday evening. Yorkshire Live reports the woman, in her fifties, feared she would have nightmares after witnessing the horrific attack.

She said: A young man has had one of his hands chopped off and the hand is on the floor. It was like something out of a horror film. I heard him squealing in the smoking shelter and two boys in balaclavas chopped him up.

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"I don’t normally get nightmares but I expect I will tonight. It was an awful squeal that got my attention. I saw him running into the pub and they locked the doors. There’s spots of blood everywhere."

The incident is the second time this year someone has lost a limb in the area, following a similar incident in February this year.

The witness added: "Someone picked up the hand and wrapped it in blue kitchen towel to try to preserve it. I have lived here for 20-odd years and there will be reprisals. I hear he has lost his hand over a £10 bag of weed. I was here the last time a lad had his arm nearly sliced off.”

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West Yorkshire Police confirmed a man had been attacked and was taken to hospital with a "serious arm injury".

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The spokesman added: "Police were called to a working men’s club in Deighton Road, Huddersfield at about 5.27pm today (Tuesday August 9) to a report a man had been seriously injured.

"Emergency services attended the scene and located the victim who had suffered leg injuries and a severe hand injury.

"It was reported he had been attacked outside the pub by two men who made off from the scene."

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