What is life really like for people on the Manor?
In the wake of a terrifying ordeal when a gun was fired on a residential street, some locals have said Manor is becoming a ‘no-go’ area.
They say they are too afraid to leave their homes at night and a heavy and constant police presence is urgently required.
But for others, ‘things are fine’ and the Manor is a perfectly safe place to live.
The latest crime figures even reveal a slight decrease in reported incidents over the winter.
Pensioner Lois Surtees, of Queen Mary Road, said she feels ‘very safe’ living in Manor.
“I think it’s really good around here, I never have any trouble,” said the 74-year-old.
“I don’t go out at night, because that’s not something I do now, but I wouldn’t be afraid to if I did.
“I always see police walking up and down, which helps me to feel very safe.”
But Lois’ view is not shared by others in her neighbourhood.
A life-long Manor resident, who says she is ‘too afraid’ to give her name, says she believes crime in Manor is ‘worse than it’s ever been’ .
She thinks South Yorkshire Police have abandoned the Manor, and do not take crime ‘seriously enough’.
Her comments come just over two months after three cold-blooded killers were jailed for shooting dead 23-year-old man Grant Bodell on land off Queen Mary Road, Manor.
The resident said: “After Grant was shot we did see a lot of the police – but now we don’t see them. I don’t think I’ve seen a police officer here since Christmas.
“It didn’t used to be like this here. Ten years ago you felt safe leaving your house unlocked – everyone knew everyone and we were a proper community.
“Now I wouldn’t leave the house after eight or nine at night, because I’m scared of what could happen.
“You don’t dare go near the shops because there’s always big gangs.
“It’s over the last two years that things have got really bad. There’s a sense, from everyone I think, that things aren’t right. It has become a bit of a no-go area at times.
“I think the problems are to do with drugs, it’s groups from Arbourthorne and Manor getting into things with each other. But the police don’t do anything.
“I don’t feel safe here.”
This week’s shooting took place at around 9.30pm on Tuesday evening, when a firearm was discharged in Scotia Drive.
No-one was injured and no arrests had been made as The Star went to press.
Queen Mary Road resident, Katrina Fearn, told The Star she now feels scared to leave the house.
The 20-year-old said: “Things like this are why I don’t want to go past my door.
“If it wasn’t for having to take my dad to the doctor’s or having to get him medication I wouldn’t go out at all.
“I don’t feel safe in the day or at night. There’s still stuff going off at all hours.
“There’s so many teenagers starting fights and causing trouble. I hear them fighting outside my house at two, three in the morning.
“We don’t really see the police around here, I think I would feel safer if we did.
“I think if some of them knew that the police were around then that would probably stop them from just doing what they want, because that’s what they’re doing at the moment.”
Meanwhile, plenty of good work is taking place on the Manor with community organisations such as Green Estate.
The social enterprise seeks to improve the environment in Manor and Castle through landscape and heritage.
Green Estate’s education development officer Kate Hughes said the organisation has welcomed a steady stream of volunteers from the area, which she believes is having a positive effect on the community, helping to reduce crime.
She said: “We have 70 to 100 volunteers at any one time. We’ve got activities like a boys’ football team on a Saturday for nine- to 16-year-olds.
“We’ve got a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old who are really keen volunteers who do things like helping out at tea dances, which is great.
“We do have quite a lot of young people getting involved in things, and I think that’s beneficial to the community.
“We get a lot of families taking part in our activities too and I think it’s helping to boost morale.
“We do hear things about crime and the problems around here, but for people causing trouble, we don’t really have any more than any other area.”
Green Estate manages a number of parks in the area including Manor Fields Park.
Kate says that although there are ‘some issues’ with antisocial behaviour such as vandalism or fly-tipping, the organisation believes levels of crime around those areas have improved over recent months.
Kate said: “I would say it’s drastically improved. I’ve been in this role for two years now, and things are much better.”
Official crime figures show police saw a small drop in the number of reported incidents of crime in Manor over the winter.
A total of 236 incidents were reported during February, compared with 273 during the same month last year.
In January this year officers received reports of 274 incidents, revealing a decrease of 28 from January 2015.
And during December, there was a drop of two per cent on the same month in 2015.
No-one from South Yorkshire Police was available for comment as The Star went to press.