Would-be burglar foiled in Thurnscoe

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A would-be burglar nearly ruined Christmas after wrapping presents up in a duvet cover in a bid to make off with them.

But he was forced to ditch his loot after disturbing the woman occupant while in her bedroom.

Police said the young offender, who was wearing a woolly hat, fled from the home in Brunswick Street, Thurnscoe, at 5.45pm on December 10.

Elsewhere in Barnsley, police found Christmas presents on display in more than a dozen vehicles at the Alhambra shopping centre car park.

Items on display included sat navs, sunglasses and other items, all of which were at risk of being stolen.

Police are now urging shoppers over the festive and January sales period to make sure their vehicles are made secure and not to leave items on display.

Chief Inspector Andy Hodgkinson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We want people to be aware, particularly at this time of year, that there are lots of opportunist thieves around ready to pounce and people need to take extra care.”

South Yorkshire Police launched Operation Lockdown in October to target incidents of house burglary and vehicle crime.

So far, officers have arrested more than 700 suspects and promised there is more to come.