In the wake of two despicable shootings in Arbourthorne, I’m determined that our community feels safe again.
These were terrible crimes that left one man dead and a 12-year-old boy in hospital. Our community has been particularly shocked by these shootings because we know Sheffield to be a safe city. Sadly, we’ve seen crime, particularly violent crime, increase significantly over the last few years.
In the wake of these appalling shootings, local people are understandably upset, worried, and angry. Residents have tearfully told me they feel as if they’re in prison and worry about their children every second they’re out of the house. This simply isn’t acceptable.
It can never be right that people feel scared to leave their own homes, so I’ve been working with the police to ensure they are doing all they can to keep people safe.
It’s reassuring that the police are treating these investigations as priority and have committed to permanently increase their presence in Arbourthorne, but there’s much more to do. That’s why I worked with local people to set up a public meeting last week, which gave residents the chance to discuss what action we can take as a community to combat the violence on our streets.
I was pleased that the meeting was very well-attended and it’s clear that local residents are determined to work together, and with the police, to find a solution to violent crime in our area.
As an outcome of the meeting, residents are now coming together to set up the Arbourthorne Community Action Project and I’ll be supporting the group in their work to bring about positive change. If you’re interested in getting involved yourself, then please contact me on Louise@LouiseHaigh.org.uk.
While the shootings have been horrific, I have been inspired and heartened by the unity and community spirit shown by the people of Arbourthorne. I am hopeful that, if we continue to work together and care for one another, we can find solutions to keep each other safe.