No link to shooting and stabbing close to Sheffield park

Detectives investigating a shooting and a stabbing close to a Sheffield park this week are not linking the incidents.

South Yorkshire Police said today that the attacks - on opposite sides of Ruskin Park, between Walkley and Upperthorpe - are being treated as separate incidents.

Bransby Street was cordoned off yesterday after a shooting

Bransby Street was cordoned off yesterday after a shooting

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In the early hours of Tuesday, a 29-year-old man was stabbed at a property on Burgoyne Road, Walkley.

Detectives said he suffered 'a number of suspected stab wounds' during the attack and was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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The following night, a gun was fired at two homes on Bransby Street, Upperthorpe, on the opposite side of Ruskin Park.

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Residents reported the sound of gunfire at around 11.10pm and suspect a 'machine gun' was used in the attack.

No arrests have yet been made for either incident.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "The incidents are not connected."

Last February, 23-year-old Aseel Al-Essaie was shot dead on nearby Daniel Hill, Upperthorpe.

He was shot in a drive-by shooting as he pulled up in a car ahead of a family event to celebrate his twin sister's engagement.

Matthew Cohen, 29, Dale Gordon, 33 and Keil Bryan, 32, were found guilty of murder on a 'joint enterprise' basis after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Cohen admitted that he was driving the car from which the gun was fired but he denied knowing that the attack was planned and he refused to name the killer.

The prosecution case was that Gordon pulled the trigger and that Bryan was in the back of the car but all those involved in the drive-by shooting were jointly responsible.

Cohen, of Clough Wood Road, Oughtibridge; Gordon, of Benty Lane, Crosspool and Bryan, of Brackley Street, Burngreave, are due to be sentenced next week.

James Good, 30, of Ringstead Crescent, Crosspool, is also to be sentenced after pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice over the burning of the car used in the drive-by shooting.

Anyone with information on the two latest incidents should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.