“I can sympathise with our reader who, after reporting a break-in, waited in vain for the police to arrive and catch the culprits red-handed.
I don’t have a great deal of faith in our police in the catching of criminals I’m afraid. Back in the early ’90s, my local club, Bellhouse Road WMC was in the process of being broken into at 5.10am one Monday morning.
Now try and picture this and imagine how long this break-in must have taken.
To gain entry, first they had to break down the external doors with a sledgehammer, then they were confronted with the old revolving doors, which were also locked so they had to smash two glass panels and climb over, only to be confronted with the internal doors,which they smashed down.
Now they were in the premises but the one-armed bandits, which was their target, were inside a metal casing.
Are you still with me?
So now the thieves had to smash through the metal casing, drag the two bandits out then smash the backs off and take the money.
The police were called at 5.11am by two people living across from the club who heard the first hammer blow.
Now anyone familiar with the area will tell you that Ecclesfield police station is a stone’s throw away.
I reckon a police car, at that time in the morning would be there in two minutes, easily.
So, what time did they arrive? 6.15am.
In the meantime, while all this was going on, the terrified, elderly steward and his wife were upstairs, also ringing the police frantically to come to their rescue.
Well that was back then. I thought things might have changed, but apparently not.”