Update on arrests following Beeston shooting

Five men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following two shootings in Leeds have been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

The men, from Leeds, Dewsbury, Batley and Huddersfield, have been given conditions that include not associating with each other, living at specified addresses and observing a curfew between 9pm and 7am.

A total of six men were arrested in Leeds and Bradford by armed officers on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a shooting incident in Beeston on Saturday 28 October 2017, which is thought to be linked to the shooting of a man in Beeston on Wednesday 11 October.

The sixth man, who is aged 25, from Leeds, was also bailed but was taken to Bradford County Court over a breach of an existing gang injunction on him. He was sentenced to 21 days in prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Jaz Khan, of West Yorkshire Police’s Firearms Prevent Team, said:

“We are continuing our enquiries and have searched a number of properties and seized items following the arrests of these men.

“We would like to thank the community for the help and support they have provided to the investigation and we continue to appeal for any further information that can assist us.

“We still believe these shootings have been targeted attacked linked to an ongoing dispute.

“The fact that one of the men arrested has been imprisoned for breaching his gang injunction shows the value of these measures in helping us to tackle the issues surrounding these incidents.”

In December last year, as we reported on South Leeds Life, police secured the city’s first ‘gangbo’ injunctions against seven men from Beeston who had been involved in a long-running feud that saw 94 offences between March 2014 and June 2016, with 87 of those occurring within roughly a square mile of Beeston.

The orders include a number of conditions that place strict limitations on the subjects and can see them arrested for any breaches.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting crime number 13170501767 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.