Man remanded in custody on firearms charges over Leeds shootings

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A MAN has been remanded into custody after appearing in court charged with firearms offences in relation to shootings in Leeds.

Jordan Williams, 26, appeared before Leeds Magistrates Court today charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a shortened shotgun.

Pasture Road, Harehills

Pasture Road, Harehills

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The charges relate to an incident in Pasture Road, Harehills, on Monday, July 16, during which a 17-year-old male was shot and seriously injured.

Williams, of Lock Lane, Castleford, appeared in the dock of the court alongside a security officer.

Williams wore a blue sports top and grey training bottoms.

He spoke only to give his name, date of birth and confirm his identity as black Caribbean.

No pleas to either of the charges were entered during the five-minute hearing.

District Judge David Kitson said the charges were so serious they could only be dealt with in the Crown court.

Judge Kitson told the defendant he will next appear before Leeds Crown Court via a prison videolink on August 22.

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No application for bail was made and Williams was returned to custody.

He waved to people in the public gallery as he was led from the court.

The 17-year-old male injured in the Pasture Road incident has been previously charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and criminal damage.

He appeared at court on Saturday and was remanded in custody.

The charges he faced relate to an incident where a shotgun was fired at a house in Devon Close, Woodhouse, on Monday, July 16, and an incident at an address in Roundhay Grove,

Chapeltown where a window was smashed the same day.

A 15-year-old male was charged last week over the same incidents and was remanded in custody after appearing at court.

Another 17-year-old male who was arrested last Thursday as part of the investigation was released under investigation.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incidents and want to hear from anyone who witnessed anything or has any information.

Call Operation Flutewood via 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.