Homes raided as police crackdown on estate crime following shooting

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POLICE in Sheffield conducted a series of early morning raids in the Wybourn area as part of their investigation following clashes on the streets between rival groups.

Yesterday’s raids were part of an around-the-clock police operation in response to mounting tensions between two rival groups from the estate.

The operation follows a series of tit-for-tat retaliation attacks triggered by a shooting last month.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “The raids were part of our ongoing investigations.

“Officers searched several premises but there have been no further arrests at this point.”

Mr Ali confirmed officers will continue to maintain a high-visibility presence and conduct a stop and search operation looking for people carrying weapons.

As a consequence of the operation, he said, crime in the area had fallen to ‘almost zero’.

But he reiterated that officers were always on patrol in the area after some people claimed that there had been a lack of a police presence before the trouble started..

He said: “We have got extra officers in Wybourn at the moment, but I would like to emphasise to those people who say we don’t normally patrol down there that they have been mis-informed.”

Recent trouble on and around the estate started after a 15-year-old boy was shot in his arm near Boundary Road on Sunday, February 19.

The incident triggered a series of violent offences all being linked to the shooting by police – including a stabbing and an attack on a 20-year-old man who was left for dead.

The man who was set upon by a gang near the Belle Vue pub remains in a serious condition in hospital.