Police hunt for quad-biking gunman

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A GUNMAN rode a quad bike down a Sheffield street firing off random shots.

Armed police and the force helicopter were deployed to High Riggs Road, Stannington, after residents dialled 999 on Saturday afternoon.

One resident, who did not want to be named, told the Star: “My wife was outside potting her hanging baskets when a man in a military camouflage jacket some 40 feet away drove down the street on quad bike firing off shots with a shotgun.

“She was shaken to bits. She ran inside and I called the police.”

He said the incident just after 4pm was also witnessed by two dog walkers.

He said: “Police sent out a firearms unit and the force helicopter but didn’t find him.”

The man was described as white, in his early 40s, of scruffy appearance with dark brown hair.

He was wearing a camouflage flak jacket and riding a quad bike.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police attended after it was reported that a male was seen riding around on a quad bike firing a rifle into a nearby field.

“Officers conducted a full search of the area, however the suspect was not located. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Armed police and the helicopter were also dispatched after reports a gun was fired in a Sheffield suburb.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang on Washington Road, Sharrow, at around 1.40am on Sunday.

A police spokeswoman said: “Officers attended following allegations that a loud bang, thought to be a gunshot, was heard on Washington Road. It was also reported that a group of males were believed to have been seen running away from the location.

“Officers responded immediately and conducted a full search of the area, three men were located and arrested on suspicion of firearm and public order offences, however no firearm was recovered.”

The three men arrested have been released on police bail pending enquiries.

n Anyone with information about the man on the quad bike is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 849 of Saturday, June 25.