Five arrested in major police probe into shootings in Sheffield

Five arrests have been made over a spate of shootings in Sheffield including gun attacks in which a man and woman were injured.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 6:18 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 6:19 am

Five Sheffield men, aged 25, 26, 29 and two 34-year-olds, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

They have since been bailed pending further enquiries.The suspects were quizzed over a series of incidents, including a shooting on Villiers Close, Arbourthorne, earlier this month and three other gun attacks reported to the police in November.On Friday, November 15, South Yorkshire Police received reports that shots had been fired towards an individual in the Heeley Green area of the city.

A woman in her 40s suffered minor injuries in the attack.Four days later, two separate firearms incidents were reported on the Arbourthorne estate.

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Five arrests have been made over shootings in Sheffield

A 35-year-old man suffered leg injuries after being shot on Errington Road and a short time later, police were called to nearby Errington Avenue following reports of further shots being fired.

Evidence of gunfire was found at the scene.Detective Chief Inspector Mick Hakin said: “Our investigation continues to progress at pace and a significant amount of work has been carried out in the Arbourthorne and surrounding areas, with a lot of police activity.“Since our last update, a further five properties in Sheffield have been searched as part of this investigation and this work will continue.“We have a dedicated team of detectives working on this inquiry, supported by local officers and other staff, to develop our understanding of the circumstances surrounding these incidents.“Given the relatively close proximity of the reports, we are exploring the possibility that these incidents are connected.

“We do believe that these incidents involve individuals known to one another and each incident has been targeted, though I appreciate that this will be of little comfort to the wider community.”

He added: “We continue to appeal for information, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 834 of December 2.

Crimestoppers can be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555111.