SOUTH Yorkshire’s first ever gang injunctions have been taken out on a Sheffield estate - to prevent a feud between rival criminals escalating out of control.
Police were granted the injunctions at court, to prevent 12 known gang members having any involvement with a dispute in Parson Cross which has so far led to a series of shootings.
Two shots were fired from a car at a house on Holgate Road last weekend, and in Nether Edge a car was fired at and crashed into.
Last month 19-year-old Jordan Porter was shot in the legs on Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough.
And in September a gun was fired on the corner of Holgate Road and Holgate Crescent, and a house on Adlington Road had shots fired at a bedroom window and door.
Local residents today welcomed the police crackdown.
One said: “Everyone knows those involved are going for each other, but the fear is for people caught in the crossfire. Somebody innocent could end up hurt, or worse.”
Frank Hardy, a pensioner from Dryden Road, Parson Cross, added: “The fact people are firing bullets around Parson Cross is unnerving. Hopefully these new injunctions will bring an end to shootings here.”
The injunctions give police the right to put restrictions on people known to be involved in organised violent crime. They put gang members on curfew, and restrict the use of their mobile phones.
Conditions ban gang members from associating with certain people, and even from using certain roads.
Anyone found breaching an order will appear at court within 24 hours and could be jailed.
Police chiefs have not named the 12 gang members - but are offering rewards through Crimestoppers of £1,000 for information which could lead to arrests and charges.
Chief Superintendent David Hartley, Sheffield’s District Commander, said: “South Yorkshire Police is one of the first forces to apply for and be granted these injunctions.
“Residents in Parson Cross and neighbouring communities will be aware of a number of recent incidents, some involving firearms.
“These have not been random - they’re the result of a feud between local criminals and families who are known to police.
“Additional resources and high-visibility patrols have been taking place, and the force applied for the injunctions as part of coordinated action to stop these individuals blighting the lives of people living in the area.
“I’m sure local residents are utterly fed up with this criminality, and my commitment is to remove it.
“The force has already made arrests in connection with incidents on Adlington Road and Cuthbert Bank Road, which we believe to be linked to the feud.
“But we need the public’s help to bring offenders to justice.”
Former Home Secretary, and Brightside and Hillsborough MP, David Blunkett said: “I hope everyone who has had to put up with intimidation, thuggery and criminality will give their wholehearted support to this coordinated assault on criminal families who have caused havoc.”
But Peter Marriott, aged 64, of Holgate Road, who used to run Neighbourhood Watch schemes in north Sheffield for 12 years, said: “Without having the names and photos of those with gang injunctions against them, there is little the public can do to help police get the feud under control.”