Man charged with possessing gun in Sheffield

Police inspect a firearm

Police inspect a firearm

A Sheffield man is due before magistrates today charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Nasir Razaq, aged 30, of Ashland Road, Nether Edge, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of carrying a gun while riding a bike through the streets of Abbeydale.

Extra police patrols have been ordered in the area in a bid to reassure residents of their safety.

Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “Neighbourhood policing officers are carrying out extra patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community.

“We are also working with our partner agencies to support residents in the local area and I would urge anyone with concerns to contact us.”

Councillor Nikki Bond, who represents the Nether Edge ward, said: “This is not a no go area.”

She said work to address anti-social behaviour issues in and around Abbeydale Road had been ongoing for two years, but claimed the incident involving the gun is not connected to long-standing issues involving youths.

Police were granted ‘dispersal order’ powers in May to split up groups of two or more people congregating on the streets if they are deemed likely to become embroiled in trouble - following complaints of intimidating, criminal damage and yobs hurling missiles at cars and pedestrians.

Coun Bond said: “There were already extra patrols in the area to tackle anti-social behaviour but I welcome any additional patrols in the wake of the incident on Tuesday.

“There is a lot of work going on in the area and Abbeydale is thriving. People value the diversity of the area.”


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