Man shot at South Yorkshire house

Police at the scene of a shooting on Cantley Lane, Cantley, Doncaster.
Police at the scene of a shooting on Cantley Lane, Cantley, Doncaster.

A MAN was in hospital last night after being shot by a gunman at a house in a leafy Doncaster suburb.

The 48-year-old was shot in what police said appeared to be a ‘targeted attack’ at a large property on Cantley Lane, Cantley.

Neighbours said it was the second time the property has been shot at.

The man’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and his condition was described as stable and comfortable last night.

Police were standing guard at the driveway of the house yesterday, while scenes of crimes officers carried out investigations.

Police tape had been used to seal off woodland opposite the semi-detached property, on what is one of the most sought-after residential areas of Doncaster.

The woods were being examined by a dog handler looking for evidence.

The street was sealed off on Wednesday night by police, who parked two cars across the carriageway to stop traffic.

In January six shotgun rounds were fired at the house, leaving window frames and rendering pock-marked by pellets and several windows smashed.

And in November last year a man was run over on the driveway, and there was a serious public order incident outside the same night.

A man who answered the door at the house after the January incident said trouble had broken out as part of a dispute over a land sale.

Cantley residents spoke of their concern after the latest shooting.

One, who would not be named, said: “There was an incident there before at the same address, and it is not pleasant to hear about that sort of thing happening again.

“It was a surprise rather than a shock to hear what has happened now, with something similar having happened before.

“But I think it is scary - what would have happened if they had got the wrong house? This has really upset me.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “At 9.25pm on Wednesday, police attended an address on Cantley Lane, Doncaster, following the report of gun shots.

“A 48-year-old man was shot in what appears to be a targeted attack, and is currently in hospital being treated for gun shot wounds.

“The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and the man is described as stable and comfortable.

“Forensic examination is currently being undertaken at the address and inquiries are underway to establish what exactly occurred at the location.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 1,143 of April 3, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.