VIDEO: Terrified Sheffield families ‘held to ransom’ by young yobs with firearms

This image has prompted gun fears in a Sheffield suburb as worried families demand urgent talks with police.

Residents say the picture shows a youth carrying what appears to be a gun.

Youth seen carrying what is believed to be some sort of a firearm on the streets of High Green

Youth seen carrying what is believed to be some sort of a firearm on the streets of High Green

One woman has released shocking CCTV footage to The Star showing youngsters shooting at homes and each other with air rifles and BB guns in High Green.

She said one woman on Carlthorpe Grove who confronted the yobs was fired at by the thugs.

“Something needs done about this gang – they are putting pellets through windows and cars and it is only a matter of time before somebody is hurt,” she warned.

“They have intimidated, threatened and terrorised people for too long now so.”

Today South Yorkshire Police urged High Green residents to contact them with specific details of incidents and said the picture had given them ‘cause for concern’.

A spokesman for Angram Bank Tenants’ and Residents’ Association said they have requested police to take action.

He said: “We have lodged a request for a meeting with the police, Crime Commissioner, council housing, council ASBO team, councillors and prospective councillors to discuss the behaviour.

“Our community, that’s all of us, are entitled to live free of fear, intimidation or damage and loss. The few that are committing these offences should not hold the estate to ransom.”

Residents have been urged to report anyone involved in anti-social behaviour.

The spokesman said: “I tell you why you must report these goings on. Until the police can prove who these criminals are they can’t act.

“The police are human beings not mind readers, none of us want people being arrested without evidence, so it’s up to your to do your bit to make High Green a lovely place to live again.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We take reports of firearms and gun crime incredibly seriously in South Yorkshire and this story gives us cause for concern.

“We’d urge residents in the High Green area to call us and let us know about the individuals causing these problems so we can identify them and take appropriate action.

“If there is CCTV evidence of these crimes being committed, this needs to be shared with police so we can begin an investigation into the reported offences.

“We await our meeting with the local community to discuss these concerns and in the meantime, if anyone does hold any information about individuals they believe could be in possession of a firearm or is using a firearm in a threatening manner, please call us on 101 or 999 if a life is at risk.

“If you’d rather report crime anonymously, this can be done by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”