LIVE: Police confirm DOUBLE shooting in Sheffield suburb with road closed
Police have launched an investigation after a double shooting in Sheffield in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Police were called to Machon Bank, Nether Edge shortly before 1am following reports of shots being fired. On arrival, officers discovered damage to a window consistent with a firearms discharge.
Further reports were received of shots fired on nearby Glen Road ‘moments later’, police said.
No injuries were reported. Stay up-to-date with this story on our live blog.
Live updates councillor claims neighbourhood still ‘great place to live’ after ANOTHER shooting
Last updated: Thursday, 23 July, 2020, 16:30
- Investigation launched following two shootings in Nether Edge, Sheffield.
- Shootings took place on Machon Bank and Glen Road.
- A house window and a car were shot at. No injuries were reported.
- Jim Steinke, Labour councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow, said he stands by his earlier comments that the neighbourhood is a 'great place to live’.
Nether Edge and Sharrow still 'great place to live' despite more shootings
Jim Steinke, Labour councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow, said he stands by his earlier comments despite another double shooting.
He said: “I still stand by what I said about living in Nether Edge and Sharrow and in a way even more so after going through lockdown and seeing how the community has pulled together.”
He also urged anyone with information to come forward. Cllr Steinke said: "I understand the pressure in communities that you don’t inform but the problem is unless people provide intel the problem isn’t going to go away.”
We will have more on this in a separate story.
'I’m sick of the area’ - Residents respond to news of another shooting
Residents have responded to news of another shooting in Nether Edge - the fourth shooting there since May.
One man wrote on social media: “In all honesty I’m sick of the area. My wife won’t walk to the local shop after dark because she has sexist, racist abuse at her [sic]. Add the drug war to the mix, I’m out.”
Another person said: “It's generally nice and very welcoming and friendly […] apart from a few shops and youths. The gang and drug stuff obviously is crap, but I doubt they'd do anything to anyone not involved.”
Nether Edge ‘great place to live’ despite shootings
Following the shootings in May, Jim Steinke, Labour councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow, said both areas were “great places to live” and the community was "determined to make sure that long continues.”
The Star has contacted Cllr Steinke for comment about the latest shootings.
“A few minutes” between shootings
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said while it’s difficult to give an exact timescale between the incidents, from their logs it looks like “a few minutes”.
Incident follows spate of shootings in neighbourhood back in May
Between May 7 and 8, four men were injured in four separate shootings across the city, including three in Sharrow and Nether Edge.
Police also believed those shootings to be targeted attacks and linked them to a feud between rival drug gangs.
One of the shootings took place on Machon Bank - the same street where shots were fired at a house last night. The other shootings happened on Club Garden Road, Sharrow and Union Road.
Police appeal for information after latest city shooting
Temporary superintendent Ian Proffitt said: “As our investigation progresses, I’d encourage anyone with information which could assist us to get in touch, particularly if they have CCTV or dashcam footage from this timeframe.
"If you feel uncomfortable speaking to the police directly, you can also get in touch with the independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously.”
Anyone with information which could help officers with their enquiries, or who has dashcam or CCTV footage from the area around the time of the shootings, is urged to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 44 of 23 July.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.
Police confirm extra presence in area ‘to provide reassurance'
Temporary superintendent Ian Proffitt said: "There will be an increased police presence in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.
"If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to our officers out on patrol – they are there to help and support you and ensure you feel safe."
Cordons remain in place this morning
Police confirmed cordons remain in place at both scenes this morning while officers conduct their enquiries, “including thorough scene searches and an intensive trawl of CCTV footage."
Police statement says attack was ‘targeted’
"Shortly before 1am, police were called to Machon Bank following reports of shots being fired. On arrival, officers discovered damage to a window consistent with a firearms discharge.
"Moments later, further reports were received of shots fired on nearby Glen Road. Damage consistent with a firearms discharge was discovered to a vehicle.
"There were no reported injuries. The two incidents are being treated as linked and, although the investigation is in its early stages, they are believed to be a targeted attack."
Forensics spotted at the scene
A picture taken at Glen Road this morning shows a forensic officer in a hazmat suit at the scene. Police have said no injuries were reported.