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Patrols stepped up after Sheffield allotment fire

An allotment plot belonging on Marsh Lane belonging to Jeff Walker has been subject to tobbery and an arson attack.

An allotment plot belonging on Marsh Lane belonging to Jeff Walker has been subject to tobbery and an arson attack.

Police are carrying out door-to-door enquiries, and Sheffield Council is looking into ways of helping, after a veteran allotment holder’s shed was burned to the ground.

Jeff Walker, aged 70, said he has been touched by the response from fellow gardeners since his shed, used as a meeting place for friends at Marsh Lane Allotments in Crosspool, was completely destroyed.

Just 24 hours before the fire the retired lorry driver won first prize in an allotment contest at the Sheffield Fayre - but three weeks ago he was hit by a break-in in which knives and other tools were stolen.

South Yorkshire Police have not ruled out links to a similar wrecking spree recently at Hagg Hill allotments, also in Crosspool.

Coun Jack Scott, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said he was ‘very sad’ to hear of the fire, adding: “I am having discussions with my colleagues to see if there is anything we can do to help those affected by the blaze.

“I would also urge anyone with any information on this mindless act of vandalism to call South Yorkshire Police.”

Jeff, of St Thomas Road in Crookes, said he wanted to see robust security measures installed at the Marsh Lane site, which is managed by the council.

“Everybody has been to see me, even people I didn’t expect,” he said.

“We’re just hoping somebody somewhere is going to be kind to us this time.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Investigations are ongoing, with officers carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area and looking at potential links to similar incidents.

“Officers would like to speak to anyone who has any information about those responsible.”

n Call PC Andy Hewitt on 101, quoting incident number 374 of August 25.

 

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