ATTEMPT MURDER AT NORTHFIELD HALL, HUDDS 10/3/20
Attempt Murder - Northfield Hall, Huddersfield 10/03/2020
Details of Incident
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after making arrests in connection with the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in Huddersfield.
The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team has said it is continuing to investigate the circumstances behind the firearms discharge at the Northfield Hall Community Centre on Norfolk Avenue, Deighton on the evening of Tuesday March 10.
Detectives are treating the matter as attempted murder and have made three arrests as part of activity across the District.
A 17-year-old male was arrested from Almondbury and a 16-year-old male were arrested from Dalton overnight on suspicion of attempted murder.
A third male, aged 16, was also arrested this morning (12 March) on suspicion of the same offence. All remain in custody today for questioning.
Officers were called to Northfield Hall at about 7.15pm on Tuesday evening following a report of an incident there.
A short time later a 12-year-old boy presented at hospital with injuries consistent with a firearms discharge.
He remains in hospital for non-life threatening but potentially life changing injuries
Enquiries have established he had walked outside the centre with friends when a male suspect, who had arrived outside the centre with another three males, discharged a firearm.
Immediately after the firearms discharge it is believed a second male aged 13 was threatened by a man carrying a knife.
The victim, who was not attacked with the knife, fled and fell over, suffering a minor injury
All four suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a BMW. This was later found burnt out in the Edale Avenue area of Newsome in Huddersfield.
Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We are very much continuing to appeal for witnesses as our investigations continue into this very serious incident which we are treating as attempted murder.
“Three males have been arrested following arrest enquiries overnight and detectives and specialist police units are continuing to conduct operations across the Kirklees area today.
“I want to thank members of the public who have got in touch with us so far. I continue to ask anyone who can assist our enquiries in relation to the firearms discharge or the car being abandoned to come forwards.”
She added: “We are particularly keen to speak to a witness who we think was present in the Edale avenue area at the time the BMW was abandoned and was set on fire. He was wearing a high vis jacket and seen chatting to paramedics parked up in a nearby ambulance so may have witnessed the car being abandoned.
We strongly urge anyone who may have information which could assist our investigation into this very serious incident to contact us. This could include intelligence or any relevant CCTV, mobile phone or dashcam footage capturing the incident at the community centre or the suspect BMW being abandoned and set on fire.