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There are reports this morning of another firearms incident in Birkby last night (Thurs).

Residents claimed to have heard two shots being fired on St John's Road, where the Peppers takeaway has been cordoned off by police.

One neighbour said he heard "two loud bangs", while others have told the Examiner a police helicopter with a searchlight was later seen hovering over the area.

It comes just 48 hours after a violent incident nearby outside the Huddersfield Hospital on Birkby Hall Road - although police have not confirmed whether that invovled any firearms.

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Police confirm shooting may be linked to hospital attack

Detectives say they are investigating the “wider causes” of the shooting, but have said it was a “targeted” attack and is thought to be linked to the assault on a man outside Huddersfield Hospital on Tuesday night.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths, of the Major Enquiries Team, said: “Our investigation remains in its early stages and we are still exploring the wider circumstances surrounding the incident. We believe last night’s incident was a targeted attack involving parties known to each other.

“The criminal use of firearms in our communities will not be tolerated and we are treating last night’s incident very seriously, with specialist officers and firearms officers carrying out extensive enquiries to find those involved. We are still looking into how the incident came about and building a picture of the run up to last night’s firearms discharge.”

Police perform a fingertip search in Huddersfield where the BMI Hospital has been closed due to a major incident
Last night's shooting is thought to be linked to the attack on a man outside Huddersfield Hospital late on Tuesday night (Image: SWNS.com)

19-year-old in hospital after last night's shooting

Police have issued more information on the shooting last night.

A man was taken to hospital after a gunman was seen shooting at the takeaway. Staff and customers were inside at the time and a 19-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries caused by broken glass.

"This is not a good place to bring up children"

A resident in Birkby told us he is scared for his family.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: “I heard fireworks, two bangs. My wife said ‘that’s not fireworks it’s a gun’.

“This is not a good place to bring up children.”

Councillor confirms it is a targeted attack linked to hospital incident

Local councillor Sheikh Ullah has issued this statement on the incident in Birkby this morning.

It appears the incident last night and the attack near Huddersfield Hospital earlier this week are linked.

“Having spoken with the police I can confirm that [the two incidents] are isolated to the person involved and not random attacks on members of the community. Although distressing for those who live and work in the area there is no suggestion of heightened risk to the wider public.

“The scene on St John’s Road shouldn’t be on for too long today and PCSos will remain in the area to provide increased patrols and reassurance.

“I would urge the community to carry on with their normal duties, and should they have any suspicions please call 999 in emergencies or 101 in non emergencies.”

Forensics arrive on scene

Police have said detectives will be examining the scene for evidence today:

Live at the scene

We’re live outside the takeaway in Birkby. You can watch reporter Andrew Robinson’s broadcast below:

Reporter at the scene

Andrew Robinson is in Birkby where detectives are carrying out forensics today to gain more information on last night’s shooting:

Staff and customers were inside at the time - police statement

Police have issued a statement and said that staff and customers were inside the takeaway when it was shot at late last night.

Luckily, nobody has been seriously injured. Here is the statement in full:

Detectives are investigating following reports of a firearms discharge in Huddersfield last night (Thursday 23 August.)

Police were called at 22.35 to a takeaway on St Johns Road.

Staff and customers were in the shop at the time, no one was seriously injured.

An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances and a police cordon is in place to allow forensic examination of the scene.

Pictured: The scene last night

This picture shows the scene on St John’s Road last night.

Multiple emergency vehicles were called to the scene, including an ambulance.

Scene of shooting in Birkby
Scene of shooting in Birkby (Image: Facebook)

Witness heard "two loud bangs"

A Birkby resident claimed he heard two bangs at around midnight.

The witness said: “Some young masked guy shot through Peppers takeaway - two bullets. [He was] on foot just casually walking down my street into my back alleyway.”

Whole building is cordoned off

Police also appear to have cordoned the takeaway off round the back...

Back of Peppers takeaway is cordoned off by police
Back of Peppers takeaway is cordoned off by police

WATCH: Video from the scene

Here’s the scene on St John’s Road this morning. It appears police have specifically cordoned off the Peppers takeaway shop.

Police cordon off takeaway in Birkby

Morning - we’ve just got in but will bring you updates on this incident as we get them so stay tuned. We have contacted West Yorkshire Police for comment and will let you know once we hear more.

Police cordon off Peppers takeaway in Birkby after reports of a firearms incident
Police cordon off Peppers takeaway in Birkby after reports of a firearms incident