Police sealed off a busy road in Huddersfield for hours after a gun was fired.

Armed officers were also drafted in after the terrifying drama at a betting office in Swan Lane, Lockwood.

The street was cordoned off for more than 15 hours after the incident on Tuesday evening.

Detectives have now appealed for witnesses.

Shocked residents in the area told of their concerns after hearing the gunshot.

Police vans were parked up just yards from the traffic lights on Lockwood Road and near to Jack Pearson bookies throughout much of this morning.

Swan Lane in Lockwood sealed off by police

Officers with police dogs were also seen in the area, and police patrols were seen in nearby streets in Lockwood.

A large area of Swan Lane remained sealed off with blue and white police tape with vehicles having to find alternative routes on what is a key road through the area to Crosland Moor.

Detectives in Huddersfield are appealing for information after the incident.

Officers were called around 7.30pm, following reports of a gun being fired at the book makers on Swan Lane.

Enquiries to determine what took place are ongoing and specialist officers are continuing with their investigations today.

Det Sgt Guy Shackleton, of Huddersfield Police, said; “Our enquiries are at a very early stage and are continuing.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around Swan Lane around 7.30pm on Tuesday evening and may have seen or heard anything, or who may have any information to speak to the police.

“Information can be passed direct to officers by calling 101, or to the anonymous independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Residents spoke of their fear, having heard the gunshot.

Carly, 30, who lives in a flat off Swan Lane, was feeding her daughter, aged 19 months, when she heard loud bangs.

“I’m from Northern Ireland and know what a gunshot sounds like. I knew it was gunshots and not fireworks.

“It is quite frightening as I walk around here every day with my daughter. There is a park just behind the flats where I take her.”

One resident, a 52-year-old man who asked not to be named, said: “There was a loud crack which was definitely a gunshot. There was a sharp crack followed by an echo.”

Swan Lane in Lockwood sealed off by police

A middle-aged woman from Devonshire Street said: “I never heard anything and the first I knew was in the morning when I saw a bus trying to get up Swan Lane.

“Then a neighbour said she definitely heard gun shots. ‘They weren’t fireworks’ she said.”

One male resident said the Jack Pearson bookmakers had been targeted.

He said: “It’s wrong. They are good people. They are friends of mine.”