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Antiques stolen in raid on OAP’s home

POLICE are hunting three thugs who broke into the home of an 85-year-old man, ransacked his property, and stole distinctive antiques.

The man was at home in Hunters Bar, Sheffield, when the trio entered and searched his rooms.

Among the items stolen was a chrome American National Cash Register – an ornate old-fashioned till – and an old-style 3ft 6ins telephone, mounted on a brass stand. The phone has an ivory earpiece and mouthpiece.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Psalter Lane area at 9.15pm last Friday, or who has information about the items. The suspects are all slim white males, aged 25 to 30, wearing dark clothing. Call police on 101 quoting incident 1,241 of February 1.

Lock your doors

SOUTH Yorkshire Police have issued a stark reminder to residents to secure their homes, after patrols found them vulnerable to burglars.

Officers patrolling in Broomhill and Walkley found a third of homes insecure, and police were able to walk into four houses completely undetected.

Insp Darren Starkey, in charge of Sheffield’s central safer neighbourhood teams, said: “It is alarming officers were able to walk unchallenged into homes, even after identifying themselves by shouting loudly. For the most part, residents are securing their homes, but lessons still need to be learned.”

Racing kit stolen

Three teenagers have been arrested after a car and kit belonging to a racing driver was stolen from Dyche Lane, Coal Aston. The youths aged 15, 16 and 17 were arrested in Sheffield after keys for the Ford Ka were taken from a house and the car stolen from the drive at 4am on January 30, along with distinctive kit and a helmet.

Motorist fined

A MOTORIST was stopped on Skinnerthorpe Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield, on Monday night and given a £200 penalty notice for having no insurance. His licence will be endorsed with six points, police said.

Repairs to road

EAST Road in Arbourthorne, Sheffield, was closed yesterday so repairs could be carried out on a burst main. The road will re-open today.