A group of Arbourthorne residents have come together to call a public meeting after a spike in violent knife and gun crime in the area, including the shooting of a 12 year old boy at the weekend. Organisers of the meeting say that they are inviting all residents to attend, together with local councillors and the police, to discuss what needs to be done to make the area safe for residents. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has said the spike in knife crime is alarming but police are doing their best to tackle the issue. Sheffield has seen a surge in knife attacks this year with 5 people having died after suffering stab wounds. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A Sheffield youth worker has claimed cuts in funding for young people has contributed to the recent spike in knife crime in Sheffield. Saeed Brasab, founder of Unity Gym which aims to help young people to stay away from crime, told Sheffield Live! he would like to see more opportunities to engage young people in dialogue and learning new skills. Baillor Jalloh reports.
A group of Sheffield mums have joined together in a bid to tackle the rise in knife crime in the city. The group, called Mums United, has been formed to try to prevent young people getting involved in gang-related violence and anti-social behaviour. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Crystal Bar in Carver Street, where six men were injured during a knife attack in the early hours in New Year’s Day, has re-opened after owners agreed to improve security measures. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Crystal Bar in Sheffield has been served with a temporary closure notice after five people were injured in a knife attack with two needing serious hospital treatment. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Following recent knife crime incidents in Sheffield’s city centre where six people were injured, South Yorkshire Police have deployed stop and search powers, leading to sixteen arrests. The arrests were the results of officers stopping 70 people over the weekend, including two persons found to be carrying weapons. The stop and search powers, under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, allow police to stop and search a person without having suspicion of a crime. Nationally there has been a 46 percent rise in knife crime. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Detective Superintendent Una Jennings.
South Yorkshire Police have launched a new campaign to reduce knife crime by offering an amnesty to people prepared to hand in their blades. Knife crime in South Yorkshire is up by almost 50 per cent year-on-year with 1,176 incidents to March 2017 compared to 807 incidents in the previous year. The figures include possession of a knife, threat and injury. Police say the number injured from stab wounds has risen steadily in the last five years. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!