Burglars hunted by South Yorkshire Police after forcing woman to remove jewellery she was wearing and ransacking home

Burglars woke an elderly woman from her sleep and forced her to remove the jewellery she was wearing before ransacking her home.

By Claire Lewis
Sunday, 7th February 2021, 8:13 am

They struck at a house in the Hooton Lane area of Ravenfield, Rotherham, at around 6.30pm yesterday and escaped with a ‘significant amount of jewellery’.

During the raid the crooks woke a woman in her 70s from her sleep and ordered her to remove the items of jewellery she was wearing.

They also forced her to open her safe, which contained more jewellery, before they ransacked her home.

A woman was woken from her sleep and forced to remove her jewellery by burglars who then ransacked her home in Rotherham (Photo: Getty)

Detectives want to hear from anyone in the area at the time who may have seen any vehicles parked up or which raised their suspicions close to Hooton Lane.

Detective Constable Paul McIntyre, from Rotherham CID, said: “This has been a really distressing incident for the victim and we are urgently carrying out enquiries to identify those responsible.

“I’d really like to hear from anyone who was in the Hooton Lane area between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and might have noticed any vehicles they don’t usually see in the area, either parked up or acting suspiciously.

“If you can help with any information, please don’t delay in contacting us.”

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics this week show that 11,780 burglaries were reported in South Yorkshire in the 12 months to September 2020.

The figure was a 22 per cent reduction on the previous year.

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 832 of February 6.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.

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