Residents reveal fears after gunmen attack two Doncaster homes

Junction Road, Stainforth, where a gun was fired
Junction Road, Stainforth, where a gun was fired

Worried residents have told of their fears after two houses were targeted by gunmen on a Doncaster estate.

Police swamped the streets of Stainforth after the incident, with armed officers and the force helicopter dispatched to the scene.

Junction Road, Stainforth, where a gun was fired

Junction Road, Stainforth, where a gun was fired

Neighbours described hearing what they thought was the sound of shotguns, which smashed windows on Junction Road and East Lane on Monday night.

One worried resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Just after around 8.45pm detectives, plainclothed, armed response, multiple police cars and the police helicopter were in the area and police were at the property on Junction Road until gone 11.30pm.

“Both houses have now got multiple windows boarded.

“I am concerned as I live close by to one of the properties.

East Lane, Stainforth, where a gun was fired

East Lane, Stainforth, where a gun was fired

“I feel my safety is in my own hands and is luck of the draw. Children could have been playing out at that time, my mum could have been easily walking back from the corner shop. It scares me.”
Another resident, who also did not want to be named, said: “I don’t know exactly what happened, but it’s unnerving to hear about it.”

“People say Stainforth is bad, but it’s not really. You find out it’s quite quiet here when you live here, but it is unnerving, what’s happened.”

Police confirmed that they understood the damage was caused by a gun.

Officers said the received reports of two incidents of criminal damage at two properties in the Stainforth area just after 8pm on Monday.

A spokesman said the properties in Junction Road and East Lane had windows damaged, adding: “It is understood the damage was caused by a firearm. No one was injured during the incidents.

“Police do not believe these incidents to be random.

“We take all reports of gun crime seriously and will always investigate thoroughly and bring offenders to justice wherever possible.

“Gun crime in South Yorkshire is relatively low and accounts for only 0.2 per cent of all crime in the county, however we are determined to reduce this figure even further.

“A variety of tactical and strategic activities are conducted across the force through means of education, operations and targeting organised criminality groups in a bid to reduce gun crime.

“We are committed in continuing to decrease the number of firearms offences in South Yorkshire and we will do all we can to reassure our residents that we will not accept or tolerate the illegal use of any firearm.

The Star recently revealed that one person a week is injured in gun incidents in South Yorkshire following a Freedom of Information request.

Across the county, 274 people have been hurt or seriously injured in firearms related offences including murders, manslaughter, robberies and assaults, since 2010 - which equals more than one a week.

A total of 1,822 gun-related crimes have been committed in South Yorkshire since 2010.

* Officers are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 925 of March 23 2015.