Domestic Notices West Yorkshire

Appeal: Firearms Discharge, Dalton, Huddersfield

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Sunday 16 February 2020

Detectives are appealing for information following a firearms discharge in the Dalton area of Huddersfield last night (Saturday 15 February.)

Officers were called by staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to reports that 15 year old had presented himself to A&E with injuries consistent to a firearms discharge.

The 15 year old boy injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Early investigations show that the firearms discharge took place on Dalton Fold Road at about 19.30 last night.

A scene remains in place today as our enquiries continue.

It’s understood the 15 year old male was leaving a house in the area when he was followed by a group of young males, one of whom had a firearm.

Detective Inspector Ian Thornes from the Homicide Major Enquiry Team said:

‘This is clearly a very frightening incident which will cause concern in the local community and I would like to reassure members of the public that we take all firearms incidents extremely seriously.

‘We believed that this discharge was a targeted attack, and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those involved, it’s extremely lucky that the victim was not seriously hurt, the consequences could have been much worse.

‘High visibility patrols are being conducted in the area, along with house to house and CCTV enquiries.

‘We have a dedicated team of detectives working alongside Kirklees Police to find who’s responsible. The use of criminal firearms will not be tolerated in our community.

‘I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or heard anything suspicious in and around the Dalton Fold area near to the junction of Heathergrove Fold to contact us.’

Anyone who has any information can contact HMET on 101 quoting log 1629 of 15 February or use the live chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus

Information can also be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111