Gun alert af­ter shots are fired on Stock­port street

Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Scapens

PO­LICE pa­trols have been stepped up in a quiet fam­ily neigh­bour­hood of Stock­port af­ter gun shots - be­lieved to be blanks - were fired late at night. Res­i­dents of Tyther­ing­ton Drive, Red­dish, re­ported hear­ing two shots on Wed­nes­day at 11.40pm.

No one was in­jured but crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers re­cov­ered spent bul­let cas­ings from the road.

Pa­trols have now been stepped up in the area and res­i­dents – many with chil­dren – have spo­ken of their con­cerns that a work­ing gun is now cir­cu­lat­ing in the area.

Sa­man­tha Hunter, 26, said: “It’s fright­en­ing that a gun was fired – what if I’d been com­ing back from a night out when it hap­pened. Some­one now has a gun near here.”

Louis Bar­ratt, 21, added: “I heard a bang and thought it sounded sus­pi­cious. We’re in a rented prop­erty and it makes you think about giv­ing it up. It is un­nerv­ing as gun crime is un­com­mon.”

The fol­low­ing day po­lice care­fully searched the road and nearby gar­dens for ev­i­dence and con­ducted door to door en­quiries. Part of Tyther­ing­ton Drive re­mained cor­doned off un­til mid­morn­ing. No prop­erty was dam­aged.

Mum Ni­cole Jones, 25, said: “It is nor­mally quite quiet but it has been hec­tic with peo­ple all over the place. It is scary with hav­ing kids.

“I went out at 11.20pm for a cig­a­rette so must have just missed it, I’m glad I wasn’t 20 min­utes later.”

James Thomas, 30, added: “It was like the sound of a plank be­ing slammed on the floor, a sharp sound then 10 sec­onds later an­other one.

“You don’t ex­pect that, it is not a rough area, it is a bit of a worry with hav­ing kids but they were safe and sound in bed.

“I reckon it was some- one who went and got a gun and fired it in the air to see if it worked.”

Po­lice have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent. De­tec­tive Sergeant Jay Beeken, from Stock­port po­lice, said: “I can un­der­stand if neigh­bours and other res­i­dents are con­cerned about this in­ci­dent.

“We are in the early stages of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are work­ing to es­tab­lish the mo­tive be­hind the shots be­ing fired.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended the scene im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent and ex­tra pa­trols have been pro­vid­ing a re­as­sur­ing pres­ence to the com­mu­nity.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion can call po­lice on 856 9726 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

MATT RAT­CLIFFE

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing on Tyther­ing­ton Drive, Red­dish, af­ter wit­nesses say they heard two gun­shots

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