Three charged over Sheffield shooting

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THREE men have been charged over the shooting of a Sheffield man on a city housing estate.

Raymond Swindells, aged 29 and 27-year-old Stuart Hurst appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Saturday over the shooting of an 18-year-old man in Halfway.

Swindells, from Sheffield, is charged with possessing a firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence, possessing an offensive weapon and affray.

Hurst, 27, also from the city, is charged with possessing a firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence, possessing a firearm whilst prohibited and affray.

Both were remanded in custody.

A third man was due at court today over the shooting.

The 24-year-old, who has not yet been named, was arrested on Friday and is accused of possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence.

The men were all arrested over the shooting of an 18-year-old man on Halfway Gardens, Halfway, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Police were called at 3.05am after the gunshot victim was injured on grassland near to a house where he had been to a party.

The shooting was one of two police were alerted to on New Year’s Day, but the incidents are not thought to be linked.

Officers were called to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital at 4.55pm to reports a 45-year-old man had turned up asking for help with a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

The man, from Manor, was transferred to the Northern General Hospital for treatment.

Police said he was shot at the junction of London Road and Hill Street, close to Sheffield city centre.

Extra police patrols are being carried out in both areas while detectives investigate both cases.

Both men injured in the gun attacks are said by police to have suffered ‘serious’ injuries.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing and there will be proactive reassurance patrols in the area.”

n Anyone with information about either shooting incident is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.