Extra patrols on Sheffield estate at centre of gun probe

PCSO's Jenny Liversidge left   and Keeley Birch at Southey Crescent
PCSO's Jenny Liversidge left and Keeley Birch at Southey Crescent
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A SHEFFIELD housing estate became a no-go zone for officials as tensions escalated after a shooting.

Probation workers were banned for their own safety from visiting Parson Cross after a house was shot at on Adlington Road.

A bedroom window and the front door to the property were fired at, sparking a police hunt for the gunman.

Lynda Marginson, Deputy Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Probation Trust, said: “After the recent events at Parson Cross, the Head of Sheffield Probation took the decision to suspend home visits pending a review of procedures.

“The review was to ensure sufficient safety measures were in place, as we have a duty of care to our employees.”

Police said there were a number of people, including children, in the property which was fired at but all were unharmed.

A 34-year-old Parson Cross man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and has been bailed until December.

Police have stepped up patrols on the estate to reassure residents of their safety - but said the decision to suspend home visits was not on their advice.

Det Insp Bob Chapman, overseeing the investigation into the shooting in the early hours of Saturday, October 6, said: “We have stepped up patrols in the area and these will continue for the foreseeable future.

“We treat incidents like this extremely seriously and will not tolerate them.

“We have executed a number of search warrants in connection with our investigation.

“Police have arrested one man so far, but the investigation continues.

“I have a team of detectives working on this and we are determined to stamp out such incidents.”

Officers sealed off Adlington Road and part of neighbouring Southey Hill while officers searched the area following the shooting.

Police are treating the shooting as a ‘targeted’ attack.

Det Insp Chapman said he was keeping an ‘open mind’ on the motive for the shooting.

“We are investigating possible motives for the shooting,” he said.

“I want members of the Parson Cross community to be reassured that patrols have been stepped up and will remain stepped up while we get to the bottom of this.”

n Anyone with information about the gun attack should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.