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Police investigate sightings of man fleeing road crash carrying two "shotguns"

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Police have received reports that a man was seen running through Leeds carrying a pair of shotguns following a collision yesterday (Thursday).

Officers had been informed that a Ford Transit van had careered into railings at a junction in the Beeston area of the city at just after 2pm.

Moments later eyewitnesses saw a man run away from the vehicle clutching what appeared to be a set of firearms.

A pair of weapons, matching the description provided by local bystanders, was found in the garden of a nearby property later in the afternoon.

Officers have also seized the van left abandoned at the Old Lane roundabout.

Det Insp Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said: “The vehicle and the weapons are being recovered for forensic examination and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident, who has not already given their details to officers, or anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.”

The incident comes after West Yorkshire Police sought to allay fears over a spate of firearms offences in the region.

Nick Smart, the chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said a growing number of offenders were using guns.

“Crime has changed. It is no longer like Dixon of Dock Green. There are individuals who are prepared to use firearms,” he said.

“But we will respond with highly trained and select officers who will do their utmost professionally to keep the public, and their colleagues, safe in Bradford and West Yorkshire.”

  • At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team has experience advising those facing a range of charges, including those relating to firearms. For advice on all your options, please contact our Leeds-based solicitors today.