Shootings follow gang gun violence

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The three terrifying shootings across Parson Cross come less than two years after police secured gang injunctions on the estate following a spate of gun violence.

At the end of 2012, guns were being fired on Parson Cross an average of once a day for a month – and detectives applied for gang injunctions for 12 individuals known to be connected.

Shooting incident on Lindsay Avenue in Sheffield

Shooting incident on Lindsay Avenue in Sheffield

The injunctions – the first ever imposed in South Yorkshire – banned their targets from congregating with certain associates, and stopped them from visiting named streets and even telephoning some contacts.

Between September 1, 2012, and November 8, 2012 – before the injunctions were issued – police dealt with 25 firearms incidents, seven incidents of violence and three of criminal damage, all connected to a gang feud.

But the injunctions were lifted after a review in court one year on.

And there are currently no gang injunctions in place on the estate.

When they were lifted Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Supt David Hartley, said: “The orders were successful in reducing violent crime in the Parson Cross area.

“It is testament to the ongoing commitment of our officers that, even though the injunctions are no longer in place, we have not seen a return to the pre-gang injunction levels of criminality.”

Police today confirmed a ‘full investigation’ is underway into Monday night’s three shootings.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are currently investigating three firearms incidents in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield on Monday.

“Between 9.30pm and 11.10pm, officers were called to three separate reports of shots being fired at property in Barrie Crescent, Lindsay Avenue and Deerlands Avenue.

“All three incidents are believed to be linked.

“A 13-year-old girl sustained minor injuries in Deerlands Avenue, where it is reported shots were fired at the door of a property.

“In Barrie Crescent and Lindsay Avenue, it is reported shots were fired at vehicles, causing damage.

“A full investigation is now under way.”