'Shots' heard as residents fear yet another gang shooting in Doncaster

Residents living in a part of Doncaster where there have been a string of shootings in recent days have reported hearing shots being fired late last night.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 9:29 am

People living in Wheatley say gunfire was heard at around 11pm last night in the Bristol Grove and Exeter Road areas.

The reports have yet to be confirmed and we have asked South Yorkshire Police for details.

One resident said on Facebook: “Anyone hear what just sounded like two gun shots? I live in Bristol Grove area and heard them as clear as day.”

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People living in Bristol Grove have reported hearing shots.

Another posted: “deffo gun shots” while another added: “I can hear police or ambulance. It’s getting so bad.”

The incident is the latest gun attack in Doncaster after a spate of violence which police have said is connected.

Last night’s incident is a short distance from a house on the corner of Winchester Avenue and Thorne Road which had its windows shot through with a ‘volley of gunfire’ last Sunday night.

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

A 30-year-old man was seriously injured in an alleged shooting and Graham Del Mar, 52, of Aldesworth Road, has appeared in court charged with attempted murder while a 15-year-old boy and two men aged 18 and 27, who were arrested following the incident, have been released under investigation.

Then 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.

Yesterday police confirmed that the incidents were linked and that police would be flooding the streets with officers to flush out the gangs behind the attacks.

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.”

"Over the weekend we will be deploying significant numbers of officers across Doncaster. Their focus is to disrupt organised crime gangs and their activity.”