Shots fired at home in feud

63 Cantley Lane.
63 Cantley Lane.
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A FAMILY is living in fear after a volley of shots was blasted at their Doncaster home in a long-running feud.

Six shotgun rounds were fired at the £295,000 home of Louise Cairns, leaving window frames and rendering pockmarked by pellets and several windows smashed.

It is the second serious crime at the five-bedroomed semi on Cantley Lane in the past six weeks.

In November, Mrs Cairns’ boyfriend was run over on the driveway and there was a serious public order incident outside the same night.

Detectives yesterday appealed for information and witnesses to the latest attack, when gunshots were fired at the house – which is currently for sale – in what police believe was a targeted attack.

The incident happened between 6.30pm and 6.35pm on Sunday.

A dark coloured estate car is believed to have pulled up at the roadside, near Rose Hill Cemetery, and two people, of average height and build, got out of the vehicle.

One of the pair, carrying a shotgun, went on to the property’s driveway and discharged the weapon towards the house, which contained eight people – including children.

No-one was injured, but the occupants were left shaken and damage was caused to front windows, the door and the external rendering.

After the attack, the pair ran back to the car and drove back along Cantley Lane towards the roundabout at the junction with Goodison Boulevard.

Police were called to the house and scenes of crime officers examined the area, finding six shotgun shells.

A man who answered the door at the house told The Star the incident was part of a dispute over a land sale and Mrs Cairns’ boyfriend had also been run over on the drive.

When contacted by The Star Mrs Cairns declined to make any further comment.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Detectives believe the incident was a targeted attack.”

Another resident of Cantley Lane, who would not be named, said: “This has been going on for some time.

“We heard the sound of shots on Sunday and I said to me wife ‘there’ll be police cars here in a minute’ and sure enough two or three turned up a few minutes later.

“I gather it’s between two parties and as long as it doesn’t involve other people I’m not too worried.

“I think the police know who’s involved. There’ve been other things going on there for some time.”

Three men were arrested last November after a man suffered minor injuries when he was knocked down by a car during an outbreak of disorder at the same address.

A large number of men were said to be involved and a number of vehicles were also damaged, as well as the house having numerous windows smashed. No charges have so far resulted from that investigation.

The house has been on the market for about two years.

n Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the shooting incident to come forward. Anyone who can help should ring South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 861 of January 13.