Police patrols continue after wave of gun crime in Sheffield

Extra police patrols are set to continue in Sheffield ‘for the foreseeable future’ after a spate of shootings in the city.

By Claire Lewis
Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 8:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 8:03 am

As detectives investigate four shootings in less than 24 hours, officers are continuing to patrol the streets of Burngreave, Sharrow and Nether Edge in an attempt to reassure concerned residents of their safety.

Four men were shot, two house windows were fired at and two cars were damaged in the spate of incidents.

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Police patrols are continuing in Sheffield suburbs hit by a recent wave of gun crime

The shootings occurred on Grimesthorpe Road, Burngreave and Club Garden Road, Sharrow, in the early hours of last Friday then later that day there were two further shootings on Machon Bank and Union Road in Nether Edge.

All the incidents are being treated as ‘targeted’ attacks and two arrests have been made so far over the Machon Bank incident, in which two groups of men opened fire at each other in broad daylight

Mohammed Sajid, aged 20, of Wolseley Road, Sharrow, has been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and been remanded in custody.

A 23-year-old Rotherham man was arrested on suspicion of drug and firearm offences and later released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Henderson, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer for tackling armed criminality, said: “I have deployed significant numbers of officers to these areas. They will be there, on patrol, 24 hours a day for the foreseeable future.

“These officers are from our Serious Violent Crime Taskforce and they will be carrying out proactive enforcement activity, including vehicle checks and stop searches. These are important and effective and they’re happening to protect you.

“In addition, I have a dedicated team of specialist detectives carrying out enquiries, which are moving quickly. We have already charged one person with possession with intent to supply drugs as part of our investigation into the Nether Edge shootings, and have also seized a firearm.

“Neighbourhood officers are working closely with partners and community representatives and will continue to do so over the coming days. They will be there to listen and to keep you informed.

“We are making every effort possible to prevent these types of incidents happening and to identify and deal with the people responsible.”