Car business to shut over ‘continuous’ burglaries

Glyn Hancock who has suffered numerous break ins at his car lot at Heeley
Glyn Hancock who has suffered numerous break ins at his car lot at Heeley
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A SHEFFIELD car trader says he’s shutting up shop after 16 years in business - hounded out by burglars who have struck so many times in the last three years he’s lost count.

Fed-up Glyn Hancock, who owns Hancock Cars in Prospect Road, Heeley, says he can no longer face the prospect of turning up for work to find his car lot has been raided by burglars stripping his vehicles for spare parts.

Glyn has 12 sheets of paper on his office wall from South Yorkshire Police - each carrying a different crime incident number.

But that, he says, is just the tip of the iceberg. He says there have been dozens more burglaries that he hasn’t bothered to report.

In the latest raid, in the early hours of Friday morning, thieves cut through his boundary fence then went to work cutting the batteries out of every car on his pitch.

Glyn said: “It seems every time I open up these days I’ve been raided. It’s like a continuous nightmare.

“Last time I was done all the tyres were gone. The time before that all my cars had their exhaust pipes and catalytic converters sawn off.

“I’ve had windows taken, alloy wheels, wing mirrors, headlights - you name it.

“It’s like my business is being used by someone else to supply spare parts.”

Glyn believes the 10 batteries taken in the latest raid will now be sold on for scrap.

“Someone will probably be getting a tenner each for them but of course they’re costing me a lot more than that.”

Glyn, aged 49, who lives in Wadsley Bridge, estimates he faces a bill for hundreds of pounds to have new batteries and cables fitted.

He says the latest raid is the final straw for the business he has run for so many years.

He said: “Enough is enough.

“I can’t get insurance and everything I make selling cars is being used to replace or repair the stuff some thieving toe-rag is taking.

“But not any more, that’s it, I’ve done.”

Anyone with information about the raids should contact PC Michael Jenkins at Woodseats Police Station on 0114 2202020.