RESIDENTS have told of their shock after shots were fired in the streets.

Police were called to Tattersall Avenue in Johnson Fold just before midnight on Wednesday after reports that shots had been fire outside a property on the street.

The scene was taped off with officers remaining on the scene throughout yesterday.

Police confirmed they found evidence of a firearms discharge.

Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Detective Inspector Ian Partington, said: “I understand that incidents like this will cause some concern in the community however I want reassure local residents that we have a team of officers working to find those responsible.  “Thankfully nobody was injured during the incident but, as we all know when firearms are involved, it could easily have been a different story.  “People may notice an increased police presence in the surrounding area as we carry out our enquiries today and I would encourage anyone who feels they have information that can assist us to please approach one of our officers.”

Neighbours told how police had been on the scene all night and throughout the day.

One said: “I thought I heard something but I was in bed, most people I know are asleep at that time.

“It was only when I got up early I saw the police. I knew something had happened then but had no idea why. It is shocking there has been a shooting, we do sometimes have problems with anti-social behaviour but nothing like this has happened before, not a shooting.

“People were talking about what has happened and no one knew. In that area there are flats.”

Another said: “Things like this are happening all over the place now, and it is not right.

“I didn’t hear anything, but I saw the police tape when I went out this morning.”

This is the second firearms offence police have dealt with in recent weeks. Officers were called to Beechcroft Avenue, Breightmet, after shots were fired at a home in what is being treated as a targeted attack.Police say in that incident a pellet gun was used.

Anybody with information on the Johnson Fold incident should contact police on 0161 856 5757 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.