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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Householders tell of shock as shots fired in residential street in Bradford

Householders tell of shock as shots fired in residential street in Bradford

Householders tell of shock as shots fired in residential street in Bradford

RESIDENTS have told of their shock at hearing gunshots and seeing armed police on their street.
Police descended on a quiet cul de sac in Bierley, Bradford, early yesterday after reports of two gunshots being heard near to a house.
The occupants of the modern, stone-built, semi-detached property, in Cedar Close, had apparently fled the scene before officers arrived. Police said they had chosen to leave the address, but they had been located and confirmed to be safe and well.
It is not thought anybody was hurt in the shooting incident, and no damage seemed to have been caused to the house.
Part of the street remained cordoned off by police yesterday, with officers in a van keeping guard, hours after the shooting took place.
Police were called to the scene at about 12.40am.
One resident, who did not want to be identified, said: "I was woken by two bangs like gunshots. Five minutes later the police arrived. There were about eight police vehicles and I could hear some of the officers shouting 'armed police.'
"Normally it's all right round here, but I am worried after this."
Another resident, who also declined to be named, said she was woken by a text message from a neighbour, alerting her to the incident.
She said: "He told me he had heard a gunshot and called the police. He then heard somebody screaming 'no' and then heard a second gunshot.
"I looked out of the window and the next thing, the street was full of police. There were at least five police cars and two vans. One of the vans had dogs in and there were armed police.
"Before the police arrived, two vehicles, a Seat and a 4X4, turned up. Two men got into the car and it sped off up the street."
The woman said an old Suzuki Jeep had been parked in the street, near to the house targeted, and had apparently been used for drug deals to take place. But the previous day the vehicle had been towed away.
She added: "The police were there about a week ago, making inquiries about drugs.
"I feel disgusted by what has happened. I have lived here for eight and a half years and it's been quite peaceable. We have got children and expected it to be a nice, quiet cul de sac. This has upset and shocked us. It doesn't seem real. It always happens somewhere else, not on your own doorstep."

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