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Police probe attack on Bierley family home
Police are investigating the motive for a frightening attack on the home of a family.
Officers were called to a property in Shetcliffe Lane, Bierley, Bradford, after reports of a firearm being discharged.
Windows of a car parked alongside the traditional stone-built detached cottage had been smashed, along with a window at the front of the house.
Police said they had found no evidence of a weapon being fired, but a baseball bat was recovered from the scene.
The incident occurred shortly after 8pm on Monday, and armed officers were immediately deployed to the scene. No one was injured in the incident.
Yesterday the cottage, next to Bierley Garden Centre, was cordoned off by blue and white police tape. A number of scenes- of-crime officers, wearing blue gloves, could be seen moving in and out of a gravelled yard, behind wrought iron gates at the back of the property.
A black Volkswagen Polo was parked at the side of the cottage. Its rear windscreen and rear offside window had been smashed and the driver’s door was open.
The house is next to the garden centre. A track runs alongside it, with a fenced paddock where chickens were roaming.
A female resident living nearby said a couple lived at the property with sons aged in their early 20s.
She said: “We didn’t hear anything during the night. We knew nothing about it until we saw all the police today.
“The family has lived at the house for years. They work hard, and pay their dues. They are not rogues. They keep all sorts of animals – dogs, chickens and geese, and they were selling bantam eggs to local people at one stage.
“The sons did some hedge trimming for one of the residents. I’m not sure what the father does, I think he is involved in construction work.”
A sign in front of the property says: “Logs wanted, will collect.”
Police said it had been a targeted attack, but were keeping an open mind about the motive. It was now believed the baseball bat had been used to inflict the damage. A spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing.”