Brave residents foil would-be burglars

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

Two brave residents foiled would-be burglars in separate raids last night, Sunday, December 29.

The first incident happened at Church Street, Swinton, between 5.45pm and 6.15pm as the occupant of a flat returned to find the door open and an unknown man in the property.

There was a brief scuffle before the offender, who had forced a bedroom window to gain entry, ran off. No-one is believed to have been hurt.

The culprit is described as a slim, white man, aged around 29 years, about 5ft 8in tall and with short or shaved hair.

At 8pm, a male who’d been asleep at a house in Wensleydale Road, Wingfield, heard a knock at the front door and shortly later heard a noise at the back of the property.

When he went to investigate, he found two men with their faces covered in the conservatory. They had forced euro locks on the doors to enter.

One made verbal threats about stabbing the occupant, before the pair were chased out and climbed over a fence to escape.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about either matter should ring South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote crime number C122745/2013 regarding the Swinton break-in and C122769/2013 about the Wingfield incident.

The Force launched Operation Lockdown in October to combat house burglary and vehicle crime. So far more than 700 suspects have been arrested.