Arrests made after Sheffield city centre shops broken into – days after reopening

Five arrests have been made over a spate of burglaries in Sheffield since city centre businesses started to re-open.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 8:03 am

With coronavirus lockdown restrictions easing and more businesses re-opening their doors, South Yorkshire Police said there has been a spate of break-ins.

Two men have been charged and three other arrests have also been made, with one suspect on bail and two others released under investigation.

Inspector Ali Bywater, of the Sheffield city centre policing team, said: “During the month of May, we have seen an increase in commercial burglaries within the city centre.

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Five arrests have been made over burglaries in Sheffield city centre as more businesses re-open

“This coincides with the reopening of numerous businesses and licensed premises, whereby opportunistic criminals know that there is possibly a till float and other items back inside.

“Our proactive work around this continues, and that sees five suspects arrested in the space of a week. We are also starting some proactive work around target hardening to assist business premises in relation to their CCTV systems and to offer valuable crime prevention advice.”

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