Sheffield gun and gang crime on police open day agenda

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POLICE held an open day in a Sheffield suburb to explain what is being done to tackle gun and gang crime.

Officers who organised the event in Burngreave also spoke about the force’s ‘stop and search’ policy and what is being done to tackle hate crime, as well as handing out crime prevention and personal safety advice.

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, who attended the Burngreave Vestry Hall event said: “I hope this event will help break down remaining barriers between the Burngreave community and the police.”

Burngreave has been blighted by violent crime over recent years, with fatal shootings claiming a number of lives.

In October 2007, 16-year-old Jonathan Matondo was murdered close to a children’s playground on Nottingham Cliff.

His killer has never been caught, but police believe he was gunned down in a feud between two gangs operating in Burnreave and Pitsmoor at the time.

The following summer, Tareq Chaiboub, aged 17, was killed in a shoot-out on Spital Street in another gang-related feud.

In October 2011, Deeq Ali, 18, was killed when a gun was fired at a party at the Spital Hill Plaza.

Mr Wright said: “I am keen we develop the best in community relations and engender good contacts for the future.

“Burngreave is a richly multicultural community that has been going from strength to strength over recent years.

“If it simply boils down to improving communications through engagement, then I’m more than happy this event will pave the way to holding similar open days with other communities.”

Superintendent Martin Hemingway, who also attended the event, said: “Feedback from those who attended was positive and we hope this foundation can be built on in the future.”