Sheffield reassured after spate of five knife crimes

22-year-old Leigh-Anne Mahachi suffered fatal knife wounds on Spotswood Close, Gleadless Valley, Sheffield
22-year-old Leigh-Anne Mahachi suffered fatal knife wounds on Spotswood Close, Gleadless Valley, Sheffield

A senior police chief has reassured the public after a spate of five knife attacks in Sheffield in just six days.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley said knife crime is on the decrease despite the recent spate of attacks.

Police in Gleadless Valley after the horrific axe attack

Police in Gleadless Valley after the horrific axe attack

He said: “The latest figures for the force show that knife crime as a whole has fallen over a 12 month period from 2013/14 to 2014/15.

“The data also shows fall in the number of knife crimes recorded for Sheffield across the same period.

“Knife crime remains an absolute priority for South Yorkshire Police and we will continue to target those people who choose to arm themselves with such weapons in order to ensure that South Yorkshire can remain a safe place to live.

“The relentless and targeted work carried out by our officers means that we are successfully identifying those who are carrying knives and other items in Sheffield and are seizing them immediately.

Champs staff member Joe Robinson helped a stab victim on Sunday night. Picture: Andrew Roe

Champs staff member Joe Robinson helped a stab victim on Sunday night. Picture: Andrew Roe

“A large part of the ongoing work we do involves working with partners to educate people about the dangers of carrying a knife, as well as working to try and change the culture surrounding knife crime.

“Anyone who is caught carrying a knife or another bladed weapon will be arrested and can expect to receive a substantial prison sentence.”

Police stressed the latest crimes were believed to be ‘targeted attacks’.

Leigh-Anne Mahachi, aged 22, died of stab wounds on Tuesday, April 12, after being attacked in her Gleadless Valley home. Tapiwa Furusa, 37, has been charged with her murder.

The following day Sheffield police officer PC Lisa Bates suffered serious injuries in an axe attack. Nathan Sumner, 35, has been charged with attempted murder and a number of other offences.

A 19-year-old man was stabbed outside a block of flats on Club Garden Road, Sharrow, last Thursday.

A 29-year-old man was also stabbed in the early hours of Saturday on Manor Park Way. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

And hero bar staff gave emergency first-aid to a 19-year-old man who was stabbed on Pomona Street, near Ecclesall Road, on Sunday evening. He staggered into the pub crying for help and was helped by staff at Champs on Ecclesall Road before paramedics arrived.

n Anyone with any information on the Sharrow or Pomona Street attacks is being urged to call police on 101.