Terrified residents spot men with gun, knuckle dusters and machetes roaming the streets
Police in Rotherham are investigating a series of reported incidents involving a group of men carrying weapons.
At around 3:30pm on Wednesday 9 December, three men in possession of machetes were seen to damage the rear window of a car parked outside a shop on Masefield Road.
The men were then believed to have been seen again at 5pm on Grove Road where they were seen with what was believed to be a handgun.
A further incident was reported on Wordsworth Road on the same day, in which a group were seen in possession of machetes and knuckle-dusters.
No one has been reported injured.
Detective Sergeant Jamie Crawford, leading the investigation said: “We understand that this series of incidents will be concerning and worrying to the local community.
“I want to reassure you that we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.
“We will not tolerate crime of this type in South Yorkshire. Our investigation continues at pace, and we are exploring a number of lines of enquiry.
“Additional patrols are taking place throughout the area to provide reassurance. If you see our officers please do not hesitate to speak to them if you have any concerns or questions; they are there to help and support you.”
Police want to speak to anyone who might have seen the men, or anyone with information that might be able to help them in their enquiries.
If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 653 of 9 December.”Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.