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The two feuding gun-toting families ruling one Yorkshire town

today03/06/2021

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Residents have said that they are “scared” and “putting their lives on the line” after a spate of shootings across Doncaster.

A public meeting was held for the residents of Cantley, Bessacarr and Lakeside on June 1 after three shootings in just two months in the area.

In total, South Yorkshire Police are investigating a total of eight shootings across Doncaster since the end of March.

But those living in Cantley are urging the police not to let it happen again as they say that they are “scared of being caught in the crossfire.”

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The meeting at Wilby Carr Community Centre brought together residents, South Yorkshire Police, Doncaster Council and Councillor Majid Khan to discuss local concerns.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Henderson was at the meeting and he told residents that police believe the eight shootings are part of a series between people that are known to each other.

They said that they are working to establish a motive behind the discharges but believe that they are very much “tit for tat”.

It is understood that the firearms offences involve two families.

DCI Jamie Henderson
DCI Jamie Henderson

Residents close by to the two shootings on Aldesworth Road complained about police not knocking on their doors in the days after the attack.

One resident said: “The police never came and searched my garden and I back onto the property.

“I couldn’t let my daughter play outside in the garden as I was just so scared in case we found a firearm.

“It’s terrifying. My husband had to search it just to make sure that it was safe to go outside.

“All I want is for my daughter to play in the garden and to be safe. I want you to promise me that this won’t happen again.”

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Detective Henderson replied to say: “I can’t promise you that it won’t happen again. But what I can promise you is we are doing everything we can to stop it in its tracks and put those responsible through the courts.”

A next door neighbour also commented and said: “I live next door to the house that was targeted.

“No one knocked on my door for two weeks. I went on holiday and came back and there was another shooting.

“What if next time I am walking home and there are armed men on my street? What happens if they start shooting at me?”

Residents also said that they were afraid to come forward over the fear of repercussions from perpetrators.

Another local said: “In Cantley, everyone knows everything and who you are.

Wilby Carr Community Centre
Wilby Carr Community Centre

“We are putting our lives on the line if we give you information and they know that we saw them. I don’t want to risk my life doing your job.”

Detective Henderson and Inspector Mark Payling reassured residents that services, such as Crimestoppers, are completely anonymous.

However, they said that they would look into ways that they could make more people aware of that free national service.

They also reiterated that the police are only as good as the information that they receive from the local community.

Another resident highlighted how much Cantley has changed since he first moved there.

He said: “When I moved to Cantley it was one of the quietest, safest places to be in Doncaster.

“But in the last three to five years it has gone down the nip. We don’t see the police around and there’s open drug dealing.

“I don’t report it to the police because I want to keep my legs in one piece.

“Something has got to be done and we don’t want to do your job for you.”

Inspector Payling said: “You’re not doing our job for us. Our job is to arrest people and get them to court.

“Your job is to be the eyes and ears, it’s very much a team effort.

Majid Khan helped organise the clinic at Doncaster's Jami Mosque
Majid Khan helped organise the meeting at Wilby Carr Community Centre
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“The South Yorkshire Police budget was cut by 20 percent, there’s not a big bundle of cash.”

Other issues that were brought up at the meeting were speeding concerns along Everingham Road and recent thefts from several shops in the area.

An agreement was made to arrange more regular community meetings in the area so that residents can discuss their concerns more regularly.

So far two people have been charged and several people arrested in relation to the shootings across Doncaster.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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