POLICE chiefs have given the go-ahead for 24-hour patrols to continue on a Sheffield estate this weekend – in a bid to prevent further clashes on the streets between rival groups.
The around-the-clock police operation was mounted earlier this week in response to mounting tensions between two rival groups from the estate.
It followed a series of tit-for-tat retaliation attacks triggered by a shooting last month.
Trouble on and around the Wybourn estate started after a 15-year-old boy was shot in his arm near Boundary Road on Sunday, February 19.
The incident triggered a series of incidents all being linked to the shooting by police – including a stabbing and an attack on a 20-year-old man who was left for dead.
Detectives are also investigating two arson attacks and criminal damage to cars and homes.
They have issued an appeal to the warring groups to stop the feud before the violence escalates out of control and somebody ends up dead.
Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, who is overseeing the investigation into the feud and related incidents, praised the Wybourn community for coming forward and helping police.
He said: “We are maintaining our high-visibility presence all weekend and continuing with our stop and search operation looking for people carrying weapons.
“We won’t be removing the extra staff until this situation is resolved and want to thank the community for their support – our officers are getting a really good response from members of the public.
“I am in no doubt at all that those involved in this tit-for-tat violence know exactly how seriously we are treating this because of the action we have taken. And we will continue to make our presence felt until there are no further incidents and both sides involved are stopped.”
Mr Ali said detectives are making good progress with their enquiries.
He said: “I want to thank the community for coming forward and remind people they can do so in complete confidence to help us.”
He said investigations into the shooting and stabbing were at an advanced stage, but officers are still trying to trace everyone in the Belle Vue pub, Cricket Inn Road, on Saturday, March 3, when trouble erupted outside and a 20-year-old was badly beaten and left fighting for life.
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