Shootings prompt extra police forces to protect Sydney

FIVE shootings since Sunday have prompted Sydney police to send extra forces to the city's troubled suburbs over the weekend.

Operation Apollo will target organised criminals responsible for a series of public shootings believed to be linked to ongoing turf wars.

Most recently, a 21-year-old man was shot in the hand at Canterbury in the early hours of Friday morning.

Little information has been given to police about any of the shootings reported this week.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mal Lanyon appealed for anonymous tip-offs on Friday.

He said police needed help to "get illegal firearms out of the hands of criminals".

Since February this year, Operation Apollo has netted 270 alleged offenders.

More than 75 guns and drugs worth more than $400,000 have been seized during raids.

Calls can be made to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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