'Nothing to suggest' machete attack linked to Doncaster gang feud, police say

Police in Doncaster say there is ‘nothing to suggest’ a machete attack on one of Doncaster’s busiest roads in broad daylight is linked to an ongoing gang feud in the town.

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 8:36 am

The man, in his 20s, is still in hospital with serious injuries after the attack on Thorne Road near to Doncaster Royal Infirmary early on Saturday evening.

Police have said his injuries are not life threatening.

Residents living near by to the scene have been speculating that the incident was linked to a shooting at a house just a stone’s throw away from the scene earlier this year.

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Police sealed off Thorne Road after a reported machete attack.

A few days later, houses in nearby Exeter Road were also blasted at and windows smashed.

Since March, there have been ten separate shootings and a number of other violent attacks, stabbings and machete incidents which South Yorkshire Police say are all connected and part of an ongoing feud between rival gangs.

But officers say there is nothing to link the latest attack, which took place at around 5.45pm on Saturday, to the escalating trouble.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said in a brief statement: “There is nothing to suggest at this stage that this incident is linked to any others.”

The investigation into Saturday’s attack is ongoing and police say they have not made any arrests at this stage.

Anyone with information should contact SYP on 101.