Armed police officers on Wolverhampton streets

Armed police officers will be on the streets of Wolverhampton for a second weekend running in response to a spate of gang-related shootings.

Armed police officers will be on the streets of Wolverhampton for a second weekend running in response to a spate of gang-related shootings.

Detectives are continuing to probe a series of disputes between two rival gangs believed to be responsible for the incidents.

Supt Mark Payne, from Wolverhampton police, said he was confident an element of control had been restored.

He added: “We’ve still got armed patrols which will continue over the weekend and until we are satisfied that this activity is over.”

Supt Payne said he believed the shootings involved gang members against other gang members, possibly as a result of a culmination of feuds.

The latest shooting last Thursday saw shots fired  towards a house in Showell Road, Low Hill, at 12.20pm.

Two 18-year-old men were arrested and bailed.

The Showell Road drama followed a shooting in Glaisdale Gardens, Whitmore Reans, just after midnight when a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg.

Residents also heard bullets being fired at a house two miles away in Monsal Avenue, Park Village.

A 31-year-old man arrested in connection with the three incidents last Thursday was arrested and released on police bail.