Gun alert after shots are fired on Stockport street
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.
Police investigating on Tytherington Drive, Reddish, after witnesses say they heard two gunshots