Police issue statement as violence spreads across Doncaster

Police issue statement as violence spreads across Doncaster

Police issue statement as violence spreads across Doncaster

South Yorkshire Police have issued a statement following a number of violent incidents and shootings in Doncaster over the past several weeks.

Last night, residents in Wheatley reported hearing shots.

Police have now confirmed that they were called at around 11:20pm yesterday, to reports that shots had been fired on Exeter Road.

On arrival officers found damage to the windows of a property consistent with a firearms discharge.

Fortunately, no-one was injured during the incident.

The shooting is the latest in a series of recent gun attacks.

It follows at least five other incidents.

The violence has already resulted in a 30-year-old man being seriously injured.

Graham Del Mar, 52, of Aldesworth Road, has appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

A 15-year-old boy and two men aged 18 and 27, were also arrested, but have been released.

DCI Jamie Henderson said:

“I understand the concern that incidents like the ones we have experienced recently across Doncaster may cause. I know the impact they have on our communities and I want to offer my assurance that there is a robust plan in place to ensure the continued safety of local residents.

“The incidents we have seen happen in recent weeks are all linked and involve people who are known to each other. We strongly believe that they are all connected to organised crime.

“Over the weekend, and in the coming weeks we will be deploying significant numbers of officers across Doncaster. Their focus is to disrupt organised crime gangs and their activity. We will not tolerate their presence in our borough.

“Neighbourhood officers will continue to work with partners and community representatives, they are also there for you to talk to, share your concerns and offer reassurance that we are taking these incidents extremely seriously.

“In addition, I have a dedicated team of specialist detectives carrying out enquiries, and these investigations are moving quickly. We have already charged one person with attempted murder as part of our investigation into a recent Cantley shooting and have also seized several firearms.

“We are making every effort possible to identify and deal with the people responsible. We have, in recent years, seen encouraging results in our work to tackle violent crime: our multi-agency approach under Operation Fortify continues to yield results.

“If you have doubts, suspicions, or fears about someone you know, there are ways to talk about it. You can call us, on 101, or if that’s difficult, speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and you’ll remain completely anonymous, but we will get the information we need to keep people safe.”

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police via the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 1125 of 21 May.

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