Thugs on a notorious Huddersfield estate pelted police officers with rocks after they turned up to recover two stolen cars yesterday (Sun).
One Crosland Moor resident said a female police officer was hit on the leg by one of the five attackers – which police have denied.
He said: “It was a really scary situation. These cars had been there for several weeks and eventually, the police turned up to take a look.
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“They obviously found something suspicious and the next thing I knew there were these lads, aged from 16-25, throwing rocks at two officers.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses after officers recovered stolen cars and a suspected firearm from a street.
“Officers attended on Sullivan Close off Walpole Road, Huddersfield, at 5.22pm yesterday evening after a Vauxhall Corsa and VW Golf reported as stolen were sighted there.
“On locating and searching the Corsa police located a suspected firearm.
“A full examination and recovery was carried out by specialist officers with both vehicles taken to a police compound.
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Acting Det Inspector Simon Reddington of Kirklees CID, said: “We are conducting a number of enquiries into this incident today and would like to speak to anyone who saw either the silver Golf or Corsa driven onto the street or who saw persons accessing them.
“Firearms offences are treated extremely seriously by Kirklees Police and I can promise residents we will be looking at every possible line of enquiry to locate the persons responsible for this offence.
“Anyone who has information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 referencing police log 1222 of August 1 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
As to the stone-throwing incident a West Yorkshire Police spokesman added: “While searching vehicles at the location items were thrown at the two attending officers. Neither was injured.
Police discovered a firearm when they went to recover two stolen vehicles in Crosland Moor
“More officers attended to secure the scene and a search of the area was conducted for persons involved who were described as wearing Puffa style jackets.
“Enquiries are ongoing and we would ask anyone who saw what happened or has information to contact Huddersfield police on 101 referencing police log 1222 of August 1.”
The resident who witnessed the original incident said gang members had been using the two cars for fun driving up the short street at speed and then doing handbrake turns at the top.
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He said: “It’s a horrendous situation but this is what life is like around here. These gang members think they can act with impunity and it seems they can.”
Another resident said: “There were police vehicles flashing up and down Dryclough Road last night and the Walpole Estate last night. There must have been about a dozen of them.”
Residents on the estate have called on the authorities to do more to improve their quality of life after they contacted ExaminerLive to complain about the gangs of drug dealers known to work in the area.
They say they experience regular criminal damage, racial abuse and flytipping with the perpetrators said to laugh in the face of the law.
The gang leaders are said to deal drugs openly on Swan Lane, Lockwood but Huddersfield Police Inspector Graham Dyson insisted he and his colleagues were listening, and are taking action.”
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