Appeal to trace occupants of van after firearms incident in Birstall.

The following appeal was issued by the police at 2.50pm on 23rd April:-

Crime number: NL/02255/15-4

Officers carrying out further enquiries into a firearms incident in Birstall on Tuesday (21 April) are appealing for the occupants of a van seen in the area to come forward.

Police were called to Barn Meadow Road in Birstall at about 7.26am on Tuesday 21 April following a report of a man being seen, with what was believed to be a firearm, chasing another man.

In the interests of officers and public safety the armed response team were deployed to the incident.

The victim was subsequently traced and had sustained minor injuries, which didn’t require medical treatment.

Detective 4269 Kim Potter is investigating the incident, she said: “This was an isolated incident and we believe that the victim was specifically targeted. From enquiries we’ve conducted locally we believe there was a van parked close to where the assault took place and the vehicle drove off during the incident.

“We would like to trace the occupants of that van as they may be able to assist us with our enquiries. If this was you then please get in touch. We would also like to speak to anyone else who may have witnessed the incident or have heard rumours locally about who may be responsible.”

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