Star Interview: ‘Young people are being groomed and drawn into gangs for criminal activity – that’s the thing we need to keep an eye on’

It is, agrees Dr Alan Billings, time to seek real answers. South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has been weighing up the background to a wave of violence that has left the county’s force facing an almost unprecedented demand – six murders since March, including five in just 13 days last month.
Two weeks ago a 17-year-old boy was shot in the back outside a convenience store in Woodthorpe, Sheffield, while on the same night a man aged 28 was stabbed repeatedly during a confrontation with a group of teenagers.

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