21 men jailed over gun crime in hearings held at Sheffield Crown Court over last year

"There is no place for gun crime within our communities."

That is the message from a senior police officer investigating a Sheffield shooting that took the life of a 19-year-old man, and left his two young children without a father.

Kevin Pokuta, a father of two children aged just seven-months and two-years-old, was shot on Page Hall Road, Page Hall in the early hours of Tuesday, December 12, 2023. He sadly died in hospital the following day.

As a 23-year-old woman under suspicion for assisting an offender becomes the ninth person to be arrested in the murder probe, a senior police officer has issued a warning to those who carry guns, and are responsible for shootings on the city's streets.

DCI Joanne Kemp said: "This devastating incident has resulted in the loss of a much-loved young man. Kevin was just 19 years-old, and his death has left a baby and a toddler without a father, and a young woman without her partner.

"Today I am asking anyone with information that might be able to assist with our investigation to come forward. The intelligence you provide will help us take violent criminals off the streets and put them behind bars.

"Our officers will be conducting extras patrols in the area today and throughout the night. They are there for you and we encourage anyone with concerns to stop and speak to them.

"There is no place for gun crime within our communities and we will continue to work relentlessly until we have answers for Kevin’s loved ones. If you carry a gun, you can be assured we will hunt you down and ensure you face the consequences of your horrific actions which put local people in danger."

Over the last year, The Star has reported on 21 individuals being jailed for offences relating to gun crime, all of whom are included within this gallery.

Anyone wishing to report a crime should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Call 999 in an emergency.