Dozens arrested in South Yorkshire burglary blitz

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POLICE have arrested 37 suspected criminals in a crackdown on burglary across South Yorkshire.

They were arrested in two ‘days of action’ in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster after police figures revealed household break-ins accounted for 9 per cent of all reported crimes in the county between February 2012 and last month.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, responsible for tackling burglary across the county, said: “We made 37 arrests over two days – 21 in Barnsley and Doncaster on Tuesday and 16 in Sheffield and Rotherham yesterday.

“We are constantly working on combating burglaries and looking to get suspects before the courts as soon as possible, rather than out on bail where there is the risk of them offending.

“Our aim is to get burglars behind bars and we are confident these 37 arrests could have an impact on burglary for the next few months if not years.”

Detective Constable Luke Kiely, who was involved in the crackdown in Sheffield, said: “The day of action was aimed at reducing burglaries by arresting suspects and known offenders.

“We executed search warrants, looked to recover stolen property and used covert and overt policing methods.

“It was a team effort involving safer neighbourhood teams, CID and uniformed response teams.”

DC Kiely, originally from Australia, was recently honoured by police chiefs at an annual awards ceremony aimed at recognising officers who go the extra mile in the fight against crime.

He was named Sheffield officer of the year for his work in the force’s performance crime team over the last two years, specialising in burglary investigations.

He said: “The targeting of your home involving damage and theft of personal possessions often has a devastating and lasting effect not only on homeowners and their family, but also within the community.

“Yesterday’s operation has been a concentrated effort by officers to arrest known criminals for this unacceptable crime.

“We will continue, as a commitment to our community, to tackle this serious crime and target criminals who make people’s lives a misery.”