Gun fired at business

A gun has been fired at windows at Reg Greenwood Tyres in Knottingley.Pictured is Jeanette Brain
A gun has been fired at windows at Reg Greenwood Tyres in Knottingley.Pictured is Jeanette Brain
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HORRIFIED staff who called the police after a gun was fired at a Pontefract business said they were still waiting for an officer to visit three days later.

Stuart Clarke, managing director of Reg Greenwood Tyres on Knottingley Road, said he fears for the safety of his staff after the gun attack – which shattered one window and left a bullet hole in another.

As the Express went to press yesterday, the business had yet to be visited by a police officer. A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said an officer would visit yesterday afternoon.

Mr Clarke said: “It happened overnight so no-one was in, but it’s frightening and I’m worried for our staff.

“We’re a 24-hour breakdown business, so staff can be on our premises at any time of day. If this had happened while a member of staff was in they could have been hurt or showered in glass.

“We still haven’t been visited by the police. We’ve spoken to them by telephone, but they haven’t come out to look at the damage. I know they’re busy, but we’d appreciate a visit.

“I don’t know why this is happening. I don’t know if someone’s trying to frighten us or if it’s someone messing around, but I want to know who’s done this.”

Staff at the family business, which has been running for more than 40 years, discovered the windows had been smashed when they arrived at work on Monday morning.

They believe the attack happened between the firm closing at 5.30pm on Saturday and opening again at 8am on Monday.

Mr Clarke said: “One window has been completely shattered – there’s glass strewn across our waiting area. You can see a bullet hole in the second window.

“I don’t know what’s been fired, but I’d guess it’s a high-powered air gun.

“We had a similar incident last year when an air rifle was fired at a window.

“I hope the police catch whoever’s done this. I’d be interested to know if any other businesses in the area have experienced anything like this.

“I have no idea why we’d be targeted and I’d urge anyone with any information to call the police.”

A police spokeswoman said a “delay” had been caused in the business receiving a visit from officers because the member of staff who reported the incident said they were happy for it to be recorded by telephone. Witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.