Police to patrol troubled estate for ‘forseeable future’

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OFFICERS are set to spend another week patrolling a Sheffield estate 24 hours a day in response to a series of tit-for-tat attacks between two warring groups.

Extra officers were drafted in to cover Wybourn when tension between two groups of youths and young men escalated following the shooting of a 15-year-old boy on Sunday, February 19.

The gun attack, which landed the teenager in hospital with an injured arm, led to the beating of a 20-year-man and the stabbing of a 17-year-old.

Police are also linking two arson attacks and criminal damage to cars and a number of homes to the incidents, believing them all to have been committed in retribution for the earlier violence.

Detective Inspector Steve Ashmore, the deputy senior investigating officer involved in the police operation, said the heightened police presence on the estate would continue for the ‘foreseeable future’.

He said: “It was peaceful at Wybourn over the weekend, with no issues or incidents connected to the recent problems.

“But nevertheless we are still going to maintain a high level of police presence so that local residents know that we are there and doing all we can.

“We are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness because we understand the problems it has caused the community.

“We want local people to feel that they can go about their day to day lives as normal.”

The shooting under investigation happened off Boundary Road, Wybourn, close to where a 17-year-old youth was stabbed in his stomach on Monday, March 5.

Both victims survived their attacks and are recovering, but a 20-year-old beaten up on Cricket Inn Road, close to the Belle Vue pub on Saturday, March 3, is still in hospital fighting for life.

Detectives want to hear from everybody in and around the pub at the time of the attack.

n Anyone with information should call police on 101.