Fight to defend Sheffield’s reputation after man shot dead

The scene on Derek Dooley Way, outside the Capita Hartshead House, where a shooting happened on Sunday evening. Picture: Andrew Roe
The scene on Derek Dooley Way, outside the Capita Hartshead House, where a shooting happened on Sunday evening. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Sheffield MP David Blunkett is urging those with information about the city’s underworld to help police win the war on gun crime before more lives are lost.

The former Home Secretary spoke out after one man died and another was left seriously injured after a car they were travelling in was fired at in Sheffield.

Mr Blunkett, who represents Brightside and Hillsborough, said: “Behind any shooting is a group of people who know who has been buying weaponry.

“Until you get co-operation from people who have a clear idea who is buying and selling guns the police are going to struggle - you are always playing catch up.

“If anyone has any knowledge of the source of the weapons being made available and whether they are coming from outside the city they should come forward.”

Councillor Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said Sheffield remained a safe place to live.

“We have been assured by the police that this was a targeted incident and they have no reason to suggest that any general member of the public is any more at risk because of this incident,” he added.

“It is really tragic - any loss of life is really tragic.

“These kind of incidents are still rare. Sheffield is a safe city.

“If members of the public have any information about this incident or any other incident they ought to report it because that kind of grassroots intelligence helps us keep the city a safe city.”

But Coun Harpham said he fears for the future policing in Sheffield because of Government funding cuts.

“Given the cuts to the police budget it is making the job of the police and other agencies harder in terms of keeping the city safe,” he said.

“Unforgiving and draconian cuts have been made, and continue to be made, but we will do our very best, working with other agencies, to make sure we keep Sheffield safe.”

He said the council worked with the police and other agencies on joint initiatives to help tackle gun crime, including running education programmes aimed at deterring young people from carrying weapons.