Thieves steal £30,000 of equipment from Sheffield climber’s warehouse

Ben Moon has had �30,000 of equipment stolen.
Ben Moon has had �30,000 of equipment stolen.
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CLOTHING and accessories worth £30,000 belonging to a top Sheffield rock climber and businessman have been stolen from a city warehouse.

Brazen burglars broke into the building on Cross Smithfield where the items were being stored by Ben Moon.

Ben, aged 46, from Woodseats, runs clothing firm Moon Climbing, and was a world-famous rock climber during the 1980s. He set up the business in 2003 after retiring from professional climbing and sells clothes and accessories all over the world.

Ben told The Star the burglary was caught on CCTV but he was furious because the police haven’t been out to see him yet.

He said: “It’s an absolute joke. Burglary is supposed to be a priority for South Yorkshire Police and yet five days on and they haven’t been to see me.

“They have taken 3,500 units which is about £30,000 worth of stock at cost price. It’s all Moon-branded clothing and it’s unique looking.

“It looks like a pretty organised affair. I’m just wondering how they are going to shift it.”

He added: “I’m really disappointed with the police response. I was led to believe someone was going to come and see me and no one has bothered.

“I want a proper investigation. I’ve had £30,000 of stock stolen.”

Ben said CCTV footage showed three burglars breaking in at 2pm on Saturday, March 23 later returning with a white transit van which they filled.

At 6pm they returned but were disturbed by a neighbour who rang the police.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this incident and are investigating.”

n Call 101 with any information about the stolen goods.