Two men in their 20s have been arrested after gunshots damaged two cars and a house window in Shirecliffe at the weekend.
Officers are now investigating ‘potential links’ to a shooting at the nearby Timber Tops public house last Tuesday in which a 23-year-old man - later arrested himself for possessing a firearm - was injured.
The latest incident occurred around 6pm on Saturday, September 5, when a member of the public reported hearing ‘five to six loud bangs’ in the area of Firshill Crescent.
Two men from Parson Cross have now been arrested and police say they have ‘significantly increased’ their presence in Shirecliffe for the ‘foreseeable future’ to reassure the public.
Detective Sergeant Mark Oughton, who is leading the investigation, said: “An examination of the scene on Firshill Crescent uncovered evidence of five discharges from a firearm.
“We have found evidence that three of the discharges caused damage to two parked vehicles. Two further shots are thought to have hit a nearby property causing minor damage to a window.
“Fortunately no one was injured but this is clearly a very serious situation and is being treated as a priority with all the resources you would expect on an investigation of this nature.
“At this stage we do not believe anyone on the road has been specially targeted and we are examining any potential links to the shooting at the nearby Timber Tops public house last Tuesday evening.
“This morning, Monday, September 7, we arrested two men aged 21 and 28 from the Parson Cross area.
“They have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and remain in police custody at the present time.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have information about anyone acting suspiciously in the area around 6pm on Saturday to contact police.
“I am particularly interested in anyone who may have seen a green coloured Ford Mondeo vehicle in the area at the time.
“I understand and appreciate the concern this has caused locally and we have significantly increased our police presence in the area and will maintain this for the foreseeable future.“
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 and quoting incident number 883 from September 5.
Information can also be given, anonymously and in confidence, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.