'We all need to work together to combat this': Sheffield police chief urges community to pass on information
The officer in charge of policing Sheffield is urging those with information about gangs and shootings in a city suburb to come forward.
Investigations are under way into series of shootings in and around Abbeydale Road, Nether Edge and Sharrow over recent weeks, which detectives are linking to rival gangs.
In the most recent incident, a 24-year-old man was hospitalised after a shooting on Abbeydale Road.
No arrests have yet been made over the gun attack.
But Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Una Jennings, said recent shootings are being ‘linked’ and were ‘targeted attacks’.
She said: “The people involved are likely to be known to each other and the violence is thought to stem from the criminal enterprise of organised crime groups.”
Chf Sup Jennings said there will be an increase in ‘high visibility’ policing over the next few days and weeks.
But she urged those with information on gang and gun crime to come forward.
“We all need to work together to combat this level of criminality and we need people to come forward with the information they hold,” she added.
Yesterday, Councillor Jim Steine said the shootings were ‘tit-for-tat’ attacks and said it was vital to remove guns
“This is another example of the dangers of having so many guns in the community, and how lives can get ruined by it,” he said,
“Can I plead with anyone who has information on this, to tell the police or Crimestoppers anonymously. I know that it may be difficult to inform on family, friends or neighbours, but it is for their benefit longer term, and for the whole community."
Just over a week ago in which a man was shot in his foot in nearby Harwell Road.
Bullets have been fired at homes in the area and a dog had to be put down after it was shot in another attack on Abbeydale Road in July.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 866 of September 7.
Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111.