A BARNSLEY man has been charged following three linked firearms incidents.

Connor Murphy, of Barden Drive, Redbrook, has been charged with firearms offences in connection with incidents at South Elmsall recently.

The 32-year-old was arrested yesterday in connection with the firearms discharges at a property on Langthwaite Lane on January 18 and properties on Trueman Way and Wesley Street, all South Elmsall, on Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police received a report at 9:50pm on Sunday that shots had been fired at a house on Trueman Way. Noone was injured in this incident.

A further report was received at 9.53pm, reporting an arson attack on a house on Wesley Street. The house was occupied at the time, but all occupants were able to get out of the property safely. Evidence was later found that a firearm had also been discharged at this address.

Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We understand that any use of firearms will cause concern in the wider community. In one of these incidents, accelerants have also been used to set the property on fire.

“These are being treated as targeted attacks and we have measures in place to safeguard the victims of these offences.

“It cannot be understated how seriously we treat incidents of this nature and specialist officers from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are conducting extensive enquiries to identify those responsible."

Murphy has been remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court today.