Police send message to neighbours on Sheffield estate after two shootings in 10 minutes

Two guns were fired on a Sheffield estate in less than 10 minutes - triggering a major police operation.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 5:16 pm

A gun was fired on Errington Avenue, Arbourthorne, at around 9.45pm yesterday and there was a second shooting on nearby Aylward Road at around 9.53pm.

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Both incidents are being treated as linked as there is a major police operation under way on the city estate this morning.

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Bullet holes can be seen in the window of a house on Errington Avenue, Arbourthorne, Sheffield

Police cordons were in place overnight and bullet holes can clearly be seen in windows of houses on both roads this morning.

South Yorkshire Police said: “An investigation has been launched after gunshots were reportedly fired in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield last night.

Police officers were alerted to a shooting on Errington Avenue shortly before 9.45pm and at 9.53pm there was a shooting on nearby Aylward Road.

“Police were called to Errington Avenue shortly before 9.45pm after reports of a firearms discharge.

“A short time later, at 9.53pm, a call was received reporting that shots had been fired on Aylward Road.

“Police are treating the two incidents as linked.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area today as enquiries continue.

“Anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to our officers in the community or call 101.”

A number of shootings have been reported in Arbourthorne and nearby Heeley over recent months.

A drive-by shooting on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, in January, led to a 12-year-old boy being hospitalised as he was caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs.

A public meeting was called and attended by MP Louise Haigh, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings and police and council representatives.