Police appeal following alleged ‘firearms incident’ on Friday

Detectives investigating an alleged firearms incident in Dalton on Friday are continuing to appeal for information. 

Officers were called to Ridgeway shortly before 5pm yesterday to reports of a loud bang thought to be caused by a firearms discharge and a man seen running from a vehicle. 

Police say they have found no evidence of a firearms discharge following an extensive area search and forensic examination of the scene. 

A police cordon was in place overnight but has since been removed. 

Officers are keen to speak with the man seen running away from a silver/grey VW Polo, near to the crossroads of North Carr and Longfield Avenue around the time of the incident. 

The man is described as slim build wearing a black jacket with a light-coloured top underneath, grey joggers and black trainers. 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Emma Winfield said: 

“We are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances regarding the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“I would like to reassure residents that we have additional high visibility patrols in the area. 

“We are keen to hear from the male or anyone else in the area of Ridgeway at the time who has not yet spoken to police and anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage of the VW Polo in the area around the time of the incident. 

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1089 of 7th January or via the 101livechat option on the website.”

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

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