Police boss issues statement after two murders in Sheffield
A police boss has assured people that tackling violent crime is an ‘absolute priority’, following two murders in Sheffield in the space of a week.
Khurm Javed, a 30-year-old solicitor and dad-of-two, also known as Khuram, was shot dead on Clough Road, close to Bramall Lane, on Saturday, April 10.
The following Saturday, April 17, Danny Irons, a 32-year-old dad-of-three, was stabbed to death on Fretson Green, in Manor.
Dr Alan Billings, the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, today issued a message of reassurance to communities rocked by the killings.
He said: “In recent weeks we have seen two violent murders in Sheffield. This has caused distress to families and anxiety in communities.
“The chief constable has assured me that there is increased visible police presence in those areas that have been affected and this will continue whilst investigations are ongoing.
“Without commenting on the latest incidents, we need to remember that violent crimes involving weapons are relatively rare and, whilst alarming, do not normally affect the public at large.
“Tackling violent crime is an absolute priority for South Yorkshire Police and they recently established an Armed Crime Team to tackle this.
“The police are working very closely with partners, including my own Violence Reduction Unit and local authorities, to ensure that South Yorkshire remains as safe as possible.
“Much of this criminality is a legacy from that time when police officer numbers were cut – by 20,000 nationally and 500 in South Yorkshire.
“The government has now committed to put back the numbers that were cut and we will go beyond that in South Yorkshire to fund from our own resources an additional 220 officers by 2024.”
Two men, aged 21 and 23, were arrested over Mr Javed’s death and bailed pending further enquiries.
A 28-year-old suspect arrested in connection with Mr Irons’ killing was released under investigation.
Anyone with any information about either killing should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.
In a separate incident, a 45-year-old man was today arrested over a shooting on Ferrars Road, Tinsley, yesterday evening, when shots were fired towards a house. Police said nobody had been injured in the shooting.