Police appeal to community after Sheffield shootings

South Yorkshire Police’s Armed Crime Team is urging residents in Manor and Woodthorpe to work with them in their efforts to put a stop to gun crime in the area.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:01 pm

The appeal comes after shots were heard in Woodthorpe shortly before 10.30pm on Wednesday (12 May). A thorough search of the area overnight and in to yesterday saw officers recover shell casings and minor damage to a house in Woodthorpe Crescent.

This incident is being treated as linked to two other firearms discharges in the past week, both of which occurred in Manor Lane, Manor.

The first incident occurred at 4.50pm on Wednesday 5 May, when police responded to reports that shots had been fired between the unknown occupants of two vehicles. The following day, police executed a warrant at an address in Manor Lane as part of their inquiry.

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A boy arrested over two shootings on Manor Lane, Sheffield, has been bailed.

At 12.30am on Tuesday 11 May, armed officers again responded to the street. This time to reports that shots had been fired towards a property, causing damage to windows.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested yesterday morning (13 May) on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder and firearms offences in relation to the incidents on Manor Lane. He has now been bailed while enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Murphy said: “We know lots of people living in this area are concerned about the frequency of these events, and the subsequent increased presence of armed police.

“I would like to reassure you that we are treating these attacks as targeted, involving people who we believe have links to organised crime.

“Thankfully, nobody has been injured as a result of these incidents. We are now working tirelessly to detain those involved, but I cannot stress enough how much the support of our communities can help us progress our inquiry.

“I know that it can feel frightening or difficult to speak to police officers, but your information can create opportunities for us to make arrests, identify vehicles and ultimately put a stop to these incidents.

“Even the smallest detail can make a difference, whether that is a name, CCTV clips, dash cam footage or information about a suspicious vehicle.

Information can be reported by quoting one of these incident numbers: 632 of 5 May, 18 of 11 May or 1052 of 12 May.