Detectives from the West Yorkshire Police Firearms Prevent Investigation Team are appealing for information following a firearm discharge incident in Leeds. The incident occurred at approximately 6:47 pm Tuesday 13th June on Woodhouse Street, after several reports of loud bangs and the sighting of a male individual carrying what appeared to be a firearm.
The incident took place near the junction with Pennington Street, prompting the authorities to cordon off the area for forensic examination and specialised searches. Detective Inspector Phil Hughes, leading the investigation, emphasised the gravity with which the police treat the criminal use of firearms. Extensive inquiries are being conducted to determine the complete circumstances surrounding the incident and to identify those involved.
Detective Inspector Hughes urged any witnesses to come forward, particularly individuals who may have been driving in the vicinity and possess relevant dashcam footage. The assistance of the public is vital in providing leads to aid the ongoing investigation. He assured the community that the incident is being taken seriously and that Leeds District officers will maintain an increased presence in the area to reassure residents.
Detective Inspector Hughes stated, “We appreciate that an incident of this nature will cause understandable concern in the community, and we will be continuing to liaise with our colleagues at Leeds District who will be maintaining an increased presence in the area to reassure people.”
Members of the public who have any information regarding the incident are urged to contact officers via 101, quoting the crime reference number 13230328449. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111. Online submissions are also accepted at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.
The police are relying on the cooperation of the public to assist in their efforts to establish the facts and bring the individuals responsible to justice.