Gang injunctions have been lifted against a dozen individuals suspected of involvement in a terrifying feud – in which guns were fired an average of once a day for a month.
South Yorkshire Police chiefs applied to the courts for injunctions against 12 suspects after officers were called to Parson Cross, Sheffield, daily towards the end of 2012.
The injunctions – the first in South Yorkshire – prevented people from congregating with certain people, banned them from visiting named streets and made it illegal for them to telephone some contacts.
The subjects also had to abide by curfews.
The aim was to make it more difficult for warring groups to operate.
Within weeks of the injunctions, police chiefs said they had ‘saved lives’.
But the injunctions were lifted after a review in court one year on when they were deemed to have had the desired effect of reducing violent crime.
Chief Supt David Hartley, Sheffield’s District Commander, said: “The orders were successful in reducing violent crime in the Parson Cross area.
“It is testament to the ongoing commitment of our officers that even though the injunctions are no longer in place, we have not seen a return to the pre-gang injunction levels of criminality.
“People of Sheffield should be reassured that we continue to monitor violent crime across the city and would not hesitate in applying for further injunction orders if gang-related violence increased.”
Between September 1 and November 8, 2012 – before the injunctions were issued – police dealt with 25 firearms incidents, seven incidents of violence and three of criminal damage, connected to the feud.
Over the next six weeks they dealt with two firearms incidents, one of violence and 10 of criminal damage.