Stabbings and gun violence on Sheffield’s London Road prompt gang crackdown
Stabbings, gun violence and drug dealing on Sheffield’s busy London Road could be tackled with new powers aimed at ending gang activity.
Police and council bosses are preparing a crackdown using new legislation after a mass brawl at a London Road venue involving around 100 people – including yobs armed with a knife and a gun – fighting and throwing glasses.
Police say some pubs and clubs in the area ‘are known as places where gangs gather’. The Public Space Protection Order – which could make it an offence to gather in groups on the street or wear face coverings – would be the first of its kind in Sheffield.
A similar order was considered for Nether Edge last year to help police tackle a gang called the Top Corner Boys but the plan was dropped after community leaders and police said the situation had improved.
It comes as police revealed several stabbings have taken place on London Road in recent months. In a report as part of a licence review into the Yankee Lounge club on London Road, acting police sergeant Samantha Cooper said: “This area is heavily populated, with a very diverse community and, in terms of local policing intelligence and knowledge, it is known to be associated with gang-related violence, drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and recent high levels of crime and disorder. “
These include several recent reported stabbings and firearms incidents in the area. “A dedicated team of officers are working in this area, attempting to resolve these issues.” She added some pubs and clubs in the area ‘are known as places where gangs gather and a place where drug dealing and other criminality generally takes place.