Sheffield police seek more ‘gang injunctions’

South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of Tuesdays shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station ''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of Tuesdays shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station ''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
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POLICE are planning more tough ‘gang injunctions’ in Sheffield – to rid the city of armed criminals and reduce the risk of further shootings.

The warning comes in the wake of two shootings in Sheffield in the early hours of New Year’s Day, and a spate last year in Parson Cross, where 12 injunctions were served on rival groups who opened fire on each other and homes.

A third, previously undisclosed, shooting happened last week, when a door was shot at as part of the ongoing Parson Cross feud.

Sheffield’s new District Commander Chief Superintendent David Hartley said there are now plans for more ‘gang injunctions’ to be served on criminals suspected of involvement with firearms.

“You have to look at the impact firearms and armed crime have on the broader honest, law-abiding community in terms of the fear for the safety of themselves and their families, and the anger that criminals are using guns in their community,” he said.

“My commitment is to use all available powers to remove that blight.

“I will continue to make considerable resources available to ridding the streets of these firearms, and will use more gang injunctions to have more control over those suspected of being involved to minimise the risk they pose.

“The paperwork is being prepared now.”

Chf Supt Hartley issued the warning after one of the busiest starts to the New Year South Yorkshire Police has experienced.

Two shootings happened on the first day of 2013 – one on London Road which left a 45-year-old man paralysed and another in Westfield in which an 18-year-old man was blasted in the stomach.

Chf Supt Hartley confirmed: “There were three incidents where firearms were discharged over the New Year period.

“While the good news is year-on-year we are driving down firearm related crimes, the message to those who choose to arm themselves to make a dishonest living, or to intimidate others, has to be we will not tolerate it.

“We have dedicated teams that focus solely on guns and gangs. They focus proactively - to try to stop these kind of events - and also act reactively to investigate offences thoroughly when they do occur, to bring offenders into custody quickly and take weapons off Sheffield’s streets.

“We have an enormous amount of resources available to tackle gun crime, to make sure Sheffield remains a safe place.

“Despite the challenging start to the New Year, Sheffield does remain the safest city in the country in terms of violent crime.”

* Anyone with information about gun crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Westfield gun attack:

Police were called to grassland on Halfway Gardens, Halfway, Sheffield, at around 3am on new Year’s Day after an 18-year-old was shot on his stomach.

He had been to a nearby house party just before the gun attack.

Raymond Swindells, 29, of Shortbrook Drive, Westfield; Stuart Hurst, 27, of Algar Drive, Arbourthorne and Micha Thompson, 24, of Westfield Southway, Westfield, have all been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with the shooting.

All three are accused of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and Swindells and Hurst are also accused of affray.

Swindells is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon and Hurst with possessing a firearm while prohibited. They are due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court next week.

London Road shooting:

DETECTIVES were alerted to the second shooting in Sheffield the early hours of New Year’s Day when a man turned up at the Children’s Hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound.

The 45-year-old, from Manor, had been shot in his shoulder but his spinal chord was severed - leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

He was injured on London Road close to the junction with Hill Street, near the city centre, shortly before 4.55am.

Four men aged 23, 26, 27 and 28 have been arrested and bailed by police in connection with the incident.

A fifth suspect is being sought.

Gang injunctions:

POLICE can apply to the county court for a civil order which puts restrictions on people known to be involved in organised violent crime.

The restrictions can include curfews, bans on the use of mobile phones and who people can associate with.

The gang injunctions can also stop people from visiting certain areas and streets.

Breaching the injunctions can land offenders at court.

A total of 12 injunctions were served on individuals in Parson Cross believed to have links to an ongoing feud in the area in which violence and shooting have occurred.

South Yorkshire Police was one of the first forces in the country to be granted the injunctions when they were applied for in November.

One of the shootings linked to the Parson Cross feud involved a gun attack on 19-year-old Jordan Porter in Hillsborough.

He was shot in both legs as he walked along Cuthbert Bank Road in October.