Shots fired at Doncaster house as gunmen flee car packed with weapons

Police have launched a major investigation after shots were fired at a house in Doncaster by gunmen who fled and whose car was found packed with weapons a short time later.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:54 pm

Detectives are probing the incident in Cantley last night following reports of a disturbance which saw shots being fired at a house in Maple Avenue.

Two people were arrested at the scene – while a short time later, a car was found abandoned in Armthorpe, with officers discovering a number of weapons inside the vehicle.

Police were called to the street shortly before 9.30pm to what officers have described as ‘a firearms discharge.’

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Shots were fired at a house in Maple Avenue, Cantley.

A spokesman said: “Armed response officers were deployed to the area and evidence consistent with a firearms discharge was found at the scene, including damage to a property.

“Two people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and remain in custody at this time.

“A short time later, officers received reports of an abandoned vehicle, a blue Subaru Forester on Mill Street, Armthorpe.

“A number of weapons were located by officers at the scene.

“The two incidents are believed to be linked and enquiries are ongoing at this time.”

The road is part of a housing estate sandwiched between Cantley Lane and the nearby sprawling grounds of Cantley Hall, the countryside mansion owned by former DFS sofa magnate and millionaire Lord Graham Kirkham, although there is no suggestion that the incident is connected to the luxury home which dominates the surrounding area.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Henderson said: “We are urgently seeking witnesses, CCTV or dash cam footage from either incident as part of our enquiries.

“If you saw what happened on Maple Avenue then please do contact us and share that information.

“We’re also keen to hear from you if you have information about the vehicle found abandoned in Armthorpe.

"Did you see the occupants leaving the scene? Can you tell us anything about that vehicle? We want to hear from you.”

You can call 101 or make a report online quoting incident number 1004 of 12 April.