POLITICIANS have appealed for Keighley people to tell police what they know about last week’s shooting at a local petrol station.

Keighley MP John Grogan this week called for information from the public so the “thugs” responsible for the gun incident at the Jet filling station on South Street could be locked up.

He said: “I am pleased the police have made arrests and I very much hope prosecutions will follow. Guns on the streets of Keighley simply cannot be tolerated and a line in the sand must be drawn.”

Bradford councillors representing Keighley Central ward, where both incidents occurred, expressed concern about what had happened.

Cllr Abid Hussain said the “very shocking” incidents had put the local community in fear.

He said: “We want to live in peace and harmony. The police are doing their best job to track who was responsible. We want to appeal to the community for information.”

Fellow ward councillor Zafar Ali, until last spring the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Appeal to those involved in the violence to try to resolve whatever dispute they had, adding: “We hope whatever animosity there is between people is resolved through peaceful means.”

The first of two linked incidents began last Thursday a few minutes after 11pm when police received reports of a “firearms discharge” on the forecourt of the Jet filling station at Ingrow.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the caller reported that two vehicles had been involved and both had left the scene.

The spokesman said: “Officers found evidence to suggest this was a genuine report. A short time later police were notified that a 28-year-old man had attended hospital with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his legs.”

The man was detained in hospital where his condition was later described as stable.

The spokesman added: “Two vehicles have been recovered for further tests and enquiries are ongoing into what is being treated as a targeted attack.”

People living in streets as far away as Selborne Grove, on the border of Lund Park, reported hearing shots or loud bangs. The petrol station was closed to the public, and remained cordoned off by police into the weekend.

The second incident came at about 8pm Friday evening in Devonshire Street West, in Highfield.

A police spokesman said someone had called claiming a number of people were involved in “a bit of a commotion”, some of them carrying weapons.

The spokesman said: “Armed officers were deployed to the scene. Arrests were made in relation to the incident in Devonshire Street West.”

Two men aged 42 and 35 were arrested for possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and were remanded to appear before Bradford magistrates.

A 41-year-old man was bailed after being arrested for possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Anyone with information about the petrol station incident is asked to contact police on 101, or by using the reporting options on the West Yorkshire Police website, quoting log 2180 of 29 August.