Police, residents and politicians to attend public meeting after shooting in Sheffield
Police, residents and politicians are preparing to attend a public meeting on a Sheffield estate tomorrow after the shooting of a 12-year-old boy.
The meeting at Arbourthorne Community Centre, Edenhall Road, Arbourthorne, at 5pm tomorrow was called after a 12-year-old boy was injured in a drive-by shooting on Sunday, January 12.
Residents were outraged at the gun attack, with South Yorkshire Police revealing that the young boy had been an ‘innocent bystander’ and not the intended target.
In response, a community meeting was called, with Sheffield MP Louise Haigh and Sheffield councilor Ben Miskell urging local people to attend.
In a joint statement issued by the politicians, they said: “We have all been shocked and disgusted by the shooting.
“This was a terrible crime that left a 12-year-old boy in hospital.
“We have been liaising with police to ensure that the investigation is treated as an immediate priority and that there are additional patrols across the whole community in the coming days and weeks.”
It continued: “In the wake of this appalling crime, local people are understandably angry and are worried about their families’ safety so we have been working with local residents to set up a public meeting, which will give local people the opportunity to come together and talk about how our community responds.
“All residents are encouraged to attend, the police will update us on their progress and we can discuss what action we can take together.
“This meeting is a chance for us to come together as a community.
“By working together, we hope that we can bring about positive change, keep people safe, and crack down on the violent crime that is blighting our area.”
Four arrests have been made over the shooting so far.
Stephen Dunford, 25, of Fellbrigg Road, Arbourthorne, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Two 30-year-old men arrested over the same offences have been bailed.
A 42-year-old woman arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life is still being questioned.