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Police carried out an armed operation in Camm Lane, Mirfield, in the early hours of Friday.

There were a number of vans and other police vehicles and residents told of a large-scale operation "like a scene out of the movies."

Armed police swooped and a man and a woman in their 50s and a woman in her 20s came out of a house with their hands up, residents said.

The drama happened shortly before 3am.

Police remained at the house for several hours and a forensic examination was carried out.

Richard Skiba, who lives opposite, spoke of what he saw telling of at least 20 police officers, some he believed were carrying machine gun-type weapons.

He said: "They cordoned off Church Lane and I wondered what the hell was going on. It really was like something out of the movies."

Police later said no one was arrested in the raid, which was in connection with an investigation into a shooting at Rajas takeaway in Bradford Road, Fartown, earlier this month.

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'Like a scene from the movies'

Residents have described the scene in Camm Lane as “like something out of the movies.”

Richard Skiba, who has lived on the street for 27 years and is a retired prestige car dealer, said: “My dog Coco woke me up at 2.45am. She has superb hearing. I looked out of the bedroom window and I saw all manner of police vehicles outside including one of those bullet-proof Land Rovers and at least 20 officers some of whom were armed with machine guns. There were police dogs too.
“They cordoned off Church Lane and I wondered what the hell was going on. It really was like something out of the movies.”

Police issue statement

West Yorkshire Police have just issued the following statement, which says that the police raid this morning was in connection with a shooting incident at Rajas takeaway in Bradford Road, Hillhouse. No arrests were made.

This is the statement in full.

Police on Camm Lane in Mirfield
Police on Camm Lane in Mirfield

A police spokesman said: “Police investigating a firearms discharge outside a takeaway on Bradford Road, Huddersfield, this morning executed a warrant at a house on Camm Lane in Mirfield.

“Officers remain on scene and searches remain ongoing. No arrests were made.”


Arrest enquiries

Police have confirmed they were carrying out arrest enquiries at the address in Mirfield this morning.

Officers are no longer at the scene but we should have a short statement from West Yorkshire Police soon.

Man and two women seen leaving the address

Occupants came out with 'hands on heads'

One woman who has family on the street said:

“My mum lives next door .. the house got raided 3AM this morning the occupants came out with hands on head!! She’s been across and asked the police said can’t tell her anything .. will be released in press later.” [sic]

Police shouted "come out you won't get hurt"

This is the latest from Robert:

Another eyewitness said the police action began at 2am. She said: “They were banging on the door and shouting ‘Come out, you won’t get hurt.’ But I never saw anyone exit the house.”

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Residents woke to find police on the street

This resident says she first noticed police on he street earlier this morning and a forensics team have been at the property all morning:

Police left with bags of evidence

Forensics officers were seen leaving the address on Camm Lane with bags, our reporter says.

Robert said: “We’re yet to find out what it was all about but one detective left with a plastic bag filled with materials.”

Reporter at the scene

Robert Sutcliffe is at Camm Lane to find out the latest: