Terrible moment: Masked thug blows up house with shotgun while accomplice smashes down door with sledgehammer

Horrifying moment: A masked moped thug blows up a house with a shotgun when his accomplice smashes down a door with a sledgehammer on a Bradford residential street

  • Footage was taken outside a door in Bradford, West Yorkshire on January 11
  • The video shows a man smashing down one door with a sledgehammer and the other with a gun
  • A 29-year-old Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
  • The man is currently in custody and the investigation is ongoing

This is the terrifying moment a moped thug blew up a house with a shotgun while his fearsome accomplice banged on a neighbor’s door with a sledgehammer.

The couple were caught on footage of a doorbell terrorizing a street full of families and young children in Bradford, West Yorkshire, early in the morning on January 11.

In the video, the first man in a motorcycle helmet starts moving towards the door with a sledgehammer.

He then aggressively hits the door with the gun, apparently attempting to force it open.

Meanwhile, the hooded and masked gunman takes up position behind him and begins to break up his shotgun and load it with cartridges from his tracksuit pocket.

A brave woman is heard off-screen yelling, “Get out of the house.”

As the footage continues, the shooter fires the gun. The pellets are believed to have hit a window, but no one was injured.

The man in the crash helmet looks unhappy about what happened and starts arguing with the gunman.

Much of what is said is incomprehensible, but the man in the crash helmet said, “Why did you shoot? You just shot one…”

Two thugs were picked up by a doorbell terrorizing a street full of families and young children in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Two thugs were picked up by a doorbell terrorizing a street full of families and young children in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Officers were called to Christopher Court, near Thorp Garth, Idle, at 1:34am when 999 callers sounded the alarm on January 11.

Police have now arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder who remains in custody but the investigation is ongoing.

A neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said: “I first heard a loud bang but it was two shots.

“When I heard it I thought it was my car windows that got pierced.

“There were two guys on bikes who crashed into the door and tried to get in the house. A woman called from the upstairs window and asked what they were doing.

“One of them drew a gun. They didn’t seem to care. After it happened, many neighbors came to check on her. We have a really close community here. We take care of each other.”

They added: “But we’ve had other incidents here, so people have ring doorbells.

“It never gets boring here. You hear a bang in the night and wonder what’s next. It’s creepy stuff. We don’t sleep much.’

The street, Christopher Court, was named after Christopher Kershaw, the soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2012.

A local said: “If his family knew what was happening here, I don’t know what they would think.”

The area has been closed off for forensic investigation. West Yorkshire Police Detective Chief Inspector Matt Holdsworth said: “Clearly any disposal of firearms will cause concern in the local community and I would like to reassure the public that we take all firearms incidents extremely seriously and have extensive investigations underway, to identify those responsible.

“Neighborhood patrols have been increased in the area to provide security.”

A statement released by West Yorkshire Police also said: “Police investigating a possible discharge of firearms at a house at Christophers Court in Bradford on September 11 have arrested a man.

“A 29-year-old Bradford man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in police custody.

“Investigations into the incident are ongoing.”

The recordings have caused horror among the locals of the city, which has been named European Capital of Culture.

One wrote: “Guns are going crazy in the UK now. Empty shops everywhere all night long and they want to rob defenseless families with guns and knives while they sleep and leave people and young children with PTSD for the rest of their lives. Absolute cowards.”

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Emma Colton

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