Appeal: Detectives Linking Three Firearms Discharges in Huddersfield

Friday 4 January, 2019

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following three firearms discharges in Huddersfield in the past week.

The first incident occurred on Saturday 29 December on Scott Vale in Huddersfield when a handgun was used to fire at a window of a house.

There were people inside the house at the time, but no-one was injured.

A dark coloured car (pictured) was reported to be in the area.

The scene was forensically examined and casings were recovered.

A 24-year-old male from Huddersfield was arrested in connection with this incident and has been released pending further investigation.

The second incident happened the next day, on Sunday 30 December on Birkby Hall Road, at around 2:50pm.

A shotgun was discharged close to a hairdressers and a 24-year-old man suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries to his back.

Three males aged 16, 17 and 19 were arrested and are currently on police bail.

The latest incident happened on Wednesday (2 January) at 17:40 on Clara Street in Huddersfield when reports were made to the police of damage to a window.

A dark blue VW Golf (pictured) was reported to be close to the scene.

Officers attended the scene and it was established that a shotgun was fired at a property whilst people were inside the house.

No-one was injured as a result of the incident and a 19-year-old male from Huddersfield was arrested shortly after.

Detective Chief Inspector Jaz Khan, of the Force Firearms Prevent Team, who is leading all three investigations, said: “We believe all three of these incidents that have happened in Huddersfield over the past week are linked.

“These were all targeted offences on individuals who are known to each other. The public will be undoubtedly concerned about this series of events, but I would like to reassure residents that we have significantly increased high visibility police patrols in the area and that these incidents are our highest priority.

“The use of firearms for criminal use is completely unacceptable and this will not be tolerated either in Kirklees or in West Yorkshire.

“We are taking a robust approach to this and as a Force using all tactical options available to tackle firearms incidents.

“We have made arrests in connection with each of these incidents, however, I would urge the public to come forward with any information, whether you have witnessed anything or have any information. I am particularly interested to hear from anyone who has information about the vehicles involved.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Firearms Prevent Team via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180651151 or information can be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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