Two individuals have been apprehended after a disturbance in the Undercliffe area of Bradford on 2nd August.
Authorities responded to multiple reports at 8:50 PM on Wednesday evening regarding an incident where a Shogun vehicle collided with another vehicle on Hustler Street/Quaker Street. Following the collision, the occupants of the Shogun attacked the driver of the other vehicle. The assaulted driver was later taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening leg injuries.
On the following night (3rd August), there was another report of disorder when officers received information about several males fighting on Beech Grove in Undercliffe. Upon arrival, the crowd dispersed, and officers discovered several weapons at the scene.
As a precautionary measure to prevent further violence and ensure community safety after the incident, temporary increased stop and search powers were implemented in the Bradford area for the second day. The Section 60 was in effect until 9 AM on the 4th of August, during which 16 stop searches were conducted. After a review, the Section 60 powers have been withdrawn.
Maintaining the trust and confidence of the community is crucial, and authorities are actively communicating with key community representatives, including the district’s Independent Advisory Group, to ensure proper oversight and accountability concerning the use of these additional powers.
Presently, a 19-year-old man and a 29-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and are currently in police custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Atkinson from Bradford CID said; “We are taking these two incidents extremely seriously, weapons and violent disorder on our streets will not be tolerated.
“My officers are carrying out extensive enquiries including CCTV and House to house.
“Neighbourhood Policing patrols in the Undercliffe area are being stepped up to provide extra reassurance in our communities. There will be a visible presence in the coming days.
“I would like to appeal to those people living in the community who may have any information about either of these incidents or anyone who knows who is responsible to come forward.
“I would also appeal to residents who may have filmed the disorder which could hold vital information to speak to us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or use the Live Chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting crime reference 13230430231
Information can always be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-org.uk