Police executed two warrants this morning (1 July) in response to shots reportedly being fired in Arbourthorne last night (30 June).
Officers were called to Errington Avenue shortly before 9:45pm following reports of a firearms discharge. A short time later, at 9:53pm, a call was received reporting that shots had also been fired on Aylward Road.
As officers searched the area for offenders, they located a silver Vauxhall Astra that had been burned out. We believe this could be linked to the incidents and enquiries are ongoing.
This morning in a bid to tackle and disrupt the organised criminality happening across the city, firearms officers raided two Arbourthrone addresses. One in St Aiden’s Avenue and the other in Ironside Close.
T/Superintendent Delphine Waring said: “I understand the concerns that incidents involving firearms cause within our communities.
“I would like to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can to locate those involved and ensure they are arrested. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Although the investigation is in its early stages, we believe the two incidents to be linked.
“We understand that the people involved are likely to be known to each other, and we believe this to be a targeted attack. I do not believe there is a wider risk to the public.
“People living within the Arbourthorne area will see an increased police presence of firearms officers and neighbourhood police officers. We are there to provide reassurance and make sure you feel safe.
“If you are concerned, I encourage you to speak to these officers; we are there to support you.
“If you have any information which could assist either investigation, I urge you to report this either by speaking to an officer or calling 101, quoting incident number 37 of 1 July 2020.”
Alternatively, if you would like to remain completely anonymous, or do not feel comfortable speaking to police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers. Their telephone number is 0800 555111 or you can submit information via their website crimestoppers-uk.org.
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