Sheffield street gunfire reports sparks police inquiry

Police car on the corner of Adlington Crescent and Adlington Road, Parson Cross, Sheffield, following reports of a shooting.
Police car on the corner of Adlington Crescent and Adlington Road, Parson Cross, Sheffield, following reports of a shooting.
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Residents on a Sheffield estate today called for more police on the streets following reports of another shooting.

Police sealed off Southey Hill and Adlington Road, Parson Cross, following reports that a gun had been fired in the street.

The police helicopter was also scrambled to look for possible culprits.

Officers said there was ‘no evidence to substantiate the report’ but that inquiries are continuing.

The incident came almost one year to the day that a firearms officers were called to Adlington Road after shots were fired at a house in an early hours attack while a couple and their children were inside.

A bedroom window was broken and a bullet hole was visible at the side of the property

The attack, last October, was among a series of incidents which led to South Yorkshire’s first ‘gang injunctions’ being issued.

Police were granted the injunctions at court to prevent 12 known gang members having any involvement with a dispute which had led to a series of shootings.

At the height of the dispute, firearms were used 30 times in just one month.

Earlier this year police said crime and disorder in and around Parson Cross had fallen by 90 per cent since the injunctions.

But resident David Evans, aged 69, of Southey Hill, said: “I just filled out a form last week which was the police asking what needs to be improved.

“I said there should be more police on the streets. There needs to be more around here. If I go out at night I will get a taxi, I won’t walk along these streets on my own. There needs to be more police back on the beat like there used to be.

“When I was younger there used to be more police around – they are not doing what they should be doing.”

Parson Cross Coun Gill Furniss said: “We have worked closely with police over the 12 months since the last shooting in the area to try to work things through.

“To hear that there has potentially been another shooting is terribly disappointing.

“I will be meeting with police to discuss what measures can be put in place.

“It is totally unacceptable to have firearms being discharged in a community. I will make sure we do what we can to stop this from happening again.”

One resident said: “There is always drug related trouble round here – nothing the police are doing is working.”

A young mum said she was scared to leave her house at night for fear of getting caught up in ‘another raid or shooting’.

She said: “I have a young family to think about.

“Living around here can be quite frightening at times.

“Our children aren’t safe. There are a few young families on this estate who won’t feel safe until the trouble is gone.”

n Three men were arrested in Barnsley in the early hours of yesterday after a shooting in the town centre.

Officers were called to Wellington Street at 2.05am to find a blank firing pistol had been discharged. No-one was injured.

Police arrested two men aged 27 and one aged 24.