A MAJOR police alert was sparked after up to 40 Hungarian and Pakistani yobs brandishing machetes and knives clashed in Ravensthorpe.
Tensions boiled over in the multi-racial community on Tuesday night amid claims that an Asian girl was “touched” by the Hungarians.
The rival gangs clashed in Spen Valley Road and one resident said: “The Hungarians just decided to go to war.”
A 36-year-old man from Ravensthorpe and a 39-year-old from Huddersfield suffered slight head injuries and a number of weapons were recovered by police.
Police described the disturbance as “an isolated incident” but patrols have been stepped up to reassure local people.
Tuesday’s disturbances mirrored what happened last summer when Iraqis and Pakistani youths clashed in Ravensthorpe and Savile Town.
Locals said the trouble then was caused by Asian girls being pestered for sex by the Iraqi Kurds. During a week of tensions, riot police were called to deal with running battles between rival gangs armed with baseball bats and other weapons.
One man, a Kurd, was badly beaten and suffered head injuries.
This week’s disturbance has led to fears that violence may escalate again and Coun Khizar Iqbal, in charge of community safety at Kirklees Council, said: “This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and I will be talking to the police to make sure there is no repeat of what happened last year.”
Coun Iqbal (Con, Dewsbury South) said that the make-up of the Ravensthorpe community may need to be looked at.
“We have different groups of people coming into Ravensthorpe and the dispersal scheme is run by national government, not local councils.
“This is a sensitive issue but we often don’t know who is coming in and from where but it can disrupt settled communities. However we cannot tolerate this kind of aggravation.”