Extra police patrols ordered after third shooting on Sheffield street in three years

Extra police patrols have been ordered in a Sheffield suburb after three shootings on a street in the space of three years.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 9:30 am

A gun was fired on Longley Avenue West, Shirecliffe, at 5pm on Monday.

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Nobody came forward to report being injured but there was gun damage to street furniture.

There have been two previous shootings on the same street over recent years.

In March 2019, shots were fired at a vehicle at the junction of Longley Avenue West and Shirecliffe Road.

And in July 2017, a 19-year-old man was left fighting for life after a shooting on the same streets, in what detectives said was a targeted attack.

Commenting after the latest gun attack, South Yorkshire Police said: “Police would like to reassure the residents of Longley Avenue West that enquiries are progressing at pace to find those responsible for the shots fired on Monday.

“Officers remain in the area to conduct their investigation, to carry out additional patrols to provide reassurance, and to answer any questions the local community may have.

“We recognise that this type of crime can be especially concerning for those that live in the area.

“Reports of this type are rarely random. They are often targeted, where the victim is known to the offender.

“Nevertheless, our investigation continues and we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.”

Call 101 and quote incident number 607 of October 19.

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