Police confirm shooting at Leeds social club

Image copyright ITV Image caption Karren Brady (right) confirmed Karren Brady was at the house The man shot dead in a social club in Leeds on Christmas Eve was a former Outlaws biker, it…

Police confirm shooting at Leeds social club

Image copyright ITV Image caption Karren Brady (right) confirmed Karren Brady was at the house

The man shot dead in a social club in Leeds on Christmas Eve was a former Outlaws biker, it has been confirmed.

Karren Brady, the co-owner of West Ham United, tweeted that Karim Houda, 34, had been a ‘hero’ to his mother and family.

It is believed the shooting took place in the Mercury Grove Social Club in the nearby postcode of Newton Abbot Road.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

Police believe a dispute between the two men was at the centre of the incident.

An arrest has been made. Officers were responding to reports of a disturbance at a large social club in Chandler’s Ford Road where it is believed two men had been involved in a fight with each other. . Search continues. They have since been arrested pic.twitter.com/VCYteftmUK — West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) December 25, 2018 A forensic tent has been erected outside the building, and officers on the scene were in uniform and plain clothes. Glass from inside the business was scattered across the yard and in the road. Members of the community have been shaken by the incident. National Grid said it could delay some power connections. . Land Registry records indicate the Mercury Grove is a much larger business. It was rented and used to house a cafe owned by Mr Houda’s father. During the football team’s appearance on BBC Radio 5 live’s Big Big Score session in 2010, interviewee Karren Brady spoke about the club and the atmosphere in the basement bars that had been a huge attraction. She said the bars, now called Amber Down after one of the players, were where the “vibrance” of the team took place.

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The incident was reported just before 3pm on Monday and a large police presence remained at the venue after nightfall.

The road was also closed off and parts of the clubhouse were still taped off with tape up to 6pm on Christmas Eve.

A 48-year-old man received minor injuries after being struck by a piece of the bouncer’s uniform. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Image copyright A/Facebook Image caption A window in the social club has been boarded up

A window to the front of the building has been boarded up and three members of staff were taken to hospital for minor injuries after debris from the altercation hit them.

Ex-pats living in nearby apartments told BBC Yorkshire and Humberside the social club was home to locals and overseas expats and the incident was a shock.

A man told Sky News he was in the car when he heard five shots being fired at the clubhouse.

“It is pretty normal as far as my wife and I are concerned that there is a cafe. We hear music every night and it was quite peaceful, but that was shaken up considerably this afternoon,” he said.

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