Two police cordons in place on Sheffield estate amid reports of second shooting

Police officers have been deployed to a Sheffield estate this morning amid reports of two shootings.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 12:45 pm

Police cordons are in place on Errington Avenue and Aylward Road, with concerned residents claiming guns were fired in both streets.

South Yorkshire Police has not yet released details of the nature of the incidents being dealt with.

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But residents claim officers arrived on the city estate last night after gunfire was heard.

Police cordons were guarded overnight and additional officers have arrived this morning.

A police cordon is in place on Errington Avenue, Arbourthorne, after a shooting

There have been a spate of shootings over recent months, with an innocent 12-year-old boy caught up in the crossfire between two rival gangs in January.

That shooting led to a major police response to organised criminality on and around Arbourthorne.

A public meeting was also held, where residents said they were afraid to leave their homes for fear of being shot in the street.

MP Louise Haigh, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings and Arbourthorne councillor Ben Miskell attended the meeting along with police chiefs and representatives from Sheffield City Council.

Chief superintendent Stuart Barton pleaded for help from the community at the meeting.

He said: “We need your help if we are going to crack this. This is two rival groups and people in this room may know more about it. We can protect people there's no doubt about it but you need to open up.

“There are snippets of information out there about what's happened over the last few weeks and months and we need to know about them.”

He also promised a long-term increase in police officers patrolling the estate.

Speaking after last night’s incident, one concerned resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “We said this would happen again once the police dwindled down after the 12-year-old got shot.

“It has and it’s not safe for our children.”

A number of police operations have been held on and around Arbourthorne in recent months in which a number of arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on those involved in organised criminality or who have access to guns should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.