Police in Sheffield and partners continue to implement plans and targeted action following recent incidents in the city.
District Commander for Sheffield, Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton, explains: “Sheffield is a thriving and diverse city which continues to grow and develop, and I feel proud to serve in a city full of culture”
“In recent days there have been two incidents that will have caused fear and raised concerns amongst our communities and I fully understand situations like these can cause unrest when people see armed officers on their streets. I would like to provide my reassurance that we have dedicated teams of officers working on these individual incidents to identify those responsible. My aim and number one priority is to keep Sheffield a safe place for everyone to live”
“We have commenced investigations into both matters which occurred in different parts of the city. We are not treating these as linked and we appealing for information in relation to both.”
On Wednesday 25 April, at around 9.45pm, reports were received that shots had been fired around Crown Place, at the back of Park Hill flats. As a result of this and during that evening officers dealt with a 19-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman who had received injuries and were taken to hospital. These injuries were consistent with the use of a small firearm but their injuries were not life threatening.
Officers are treating this as a targeted attack. At this time, no arrests have been made, but enquiries are ongoing.
A second, separate incident was reported to officers at around 6.25pm last night (Thursday 26 April), after a man suffered facial injuries in Meersbrook Park. It is believed these injuries were caused from the discharge of an air weapon. The 22-year-old was taken to hospital and after surgery is now recovering well.
Chief Supt Barton added: “The safety of everyone living, working and visiting Sheffield is our absolute priority and this remains at the forefront of the work we do, alongside local partner agencies. Together, we continue to work hard to tackle armed, violent criminality and are constantly looking at new ways to educate and engage with our communities about the life-changing consequences carrying any weapon can have”
“Taking a collaborative approach to address this issue enables us to work with partners, support services and most importantly members of the public to create a safer city for everyone”
“Specifically this work includes targeted days of activity, the most recent of which was held in Fox Hill earlier this week, engagement with local premises and business, high visibility patrols and the use of civil orders to enforce restrictions”
“Our ongoing work has seen a number of successful convictions so far this year and I hope these results demonstrate that anyone found to be involved in this type of criminality will be identified, arrested and brought before the courts.
“Alongside our work, we rely heavily on information from members of the public and it’s vital we come together to educate anyone involved in this type of criminality, to show them that this can have serious and sometimes catastrophic consequences for offenders and their loved ones”
“The involvement of everyone in this is crucial so I would please ask and encourage anyone with information or concerns to either report it directly to police on 101 or to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
“Finally, I finally would like to make very clear that crime and incidents of this nature are not and will not be tolerated, and action will always be taken to identify and bring offenders responsible before the courts.”
Anyone with information about the incidents near Park Hill flats or Meersbrook Park should call 101 quoting incident number 983 of 25 April 2018 or 773 of 26 April 2018.