Police Appeal

Police information Request for potential firearm discharge on New Year’s Eve

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A scene is currently in place in James Street, Elland in relation to a potential firearm discharge on New Year’s Eve.

On January 1, police received a report of a parked car having been damaged in James Street in a collision involving another vehicle which had left the scene at about 9.45pm on December 31.

Today, officers have received further information suggesting a potential firearm discharge had occurred during this incident.

A scene is currently in place to undergo specialist searches and forensic examination and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Calderdale District CID via 101 quoting log 304 of January 7 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Police Information Appeal relating into Firearms discharges in Halifax

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses as enquiries continue into linked firearms discharges in Halifax.

The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team has made arrests and is continuing investigate three offences in which weapons were discharged outside properties, none of which resulted in anyone being injured.

Police attended at an address at Bracewell Drive on November 4 and November 13 following reports of shots fired outside the address at about 7pm on both dates.

A report was also received of a discharge on Claremont Close at about 6.45pm on November 13.

Specialist officers carried out detailed searches at the scenes following all three reports and found evidence of firearms discharges.

Two local men aged 36 and 34 have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with all three shootings and remain in police custody.

DI Guy Shackleton of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We are continuing to investigate these offences which we are treating as linked, and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed these incidents or who has information to comer forward.”

“All reports of firearms crime are treated very seriously indeed by West Yorkshire Police and I can promise residents that a full investigation is ongoing into these firearms discharges.”

Anyone who can assist our enquiries is asked to contact HMET on 101 referencing crime number 13220628097.”

Information can also be given in complete anonymity to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal for information to trace missing Halifax man

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Police are urgently appealing for information to trace a man who has gone missing in Halifax.

John Demach, aged 48, was last seen at about 8.25pm on Monday 26 October when he left Belgrave Social Club, in Claremount Road.

He is described as white, medium build, with short thinning brown/grey hair. He is believed to be wearing a dark blue jumper and black work trousers.

Inspector Mark Wheeler, of Halifax Neighbourhood Patrol, said:

“It is very much out of character for him to go missing like this and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.”

“We urgently need to establish his whereabouts so we can check that he is okay. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen him since Monday evening or who has any information that could assist us in tracing him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Calderdale District Special Operations Room via 101 quoting log number 1583 of October 26.