Increased police patrols in Doncaster suburb hit by string of shootings

Police have stepped up patrols in a suburb of Doncaster hit by a recent spate of gang shootings.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 6:50 am

Officers from Doncaster Central Neighbourhood Police Team took to the streets of Cantley yesterday, following three gun related incidents in the area in the last few months.

A spokesman said: “As the glorious weather continues, our officers are out and about in Cantley.

"If you see them please do stop and say hello, they are there to listen to any concerns you have and let you know what plans the team have over the coming weeks.”

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Police patrol the streets of Cantley.

The current wave of gang violence started on April 12 when shots were fired at a house in Maple Avenue, Cantley.

Then on May 6, a man, 30, was seriously injured in a shooting at a house in Aldesworth Road, Cantley with Graham Del Mar, 52, charged with attempted murder.

On May 18, shots were fired at the house on Aldesworth Road again, and the property set alight. A car parked outside the house was also damaged.

A house on the corner of Winchester Avenue and Thorne Road in Wheatley was peppered with bullets on May 16, while shots were fired at properties in Barnby Dun Road and Exeter Road a few days later by men armed with guns.

Police have said the incidents are all connected and have flooded both areas in recent weeks to clampdown on the violence.

DCI Jamie Henderson said: “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.”