Boy, 12, in 'serious' condition after being shot in Huddersfield

11 March 2020, 10:24 | Updated: 11 March 2020, 10:32

The shooting happened outside Northfield Hall
The shooting happened outside Northfield Hall. Picture: Google Maps
Rachael Kennedy

By Rachael Kennedy

A 12-year-old boy is in a "serious" condition in hospital after being shot outside a community centre in Huddersfield.

The boy, who has not been named, was shot just after 7pm on Tuesday outside Northfield Hall Community Centre on Northfield Avenue.

He was later taken to hospital "with injuries consistent with a firearms discharge" that were "serious" and "non-life threatening", a statement from West Yorkshire Police said.

Police are now searching for any witnesses who were in the area at the time of the incident.

The suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a BMW, which was later found burned out in another area of the town.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe said the incident was "clearly a cause for concern, especially given the age of the victim and that it happened at a community centre."

She added: "Extensive enquiries are underway by a team of specialist detectives in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

"Our local neighbourhood policing teams will be maintaining a visible policing presence to offer reassurance to communities.

"I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information to contact officers.

"Those involved showed no regard for the public's safety and it is imperative that anyone with information on who carried out this attack contacts police."

::Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13200126809. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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