Detectives 'open minded' over possible links between armed raids in Sheffield

Detectives are reviewing raids in Sheffield to look for possible links after a woman was held up at gunpoint and her partner was attacked with a bat in their home.

Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 10:57 am

Eniko Balagova, aged 21, had a gun pointed at her head and her partner Peter Lakatos, also 21, was attacked with a baseball bat when armed men burst into their home on Fox Hill Road, Fox Hill, in the early hours of Saturday, November 28.

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The raiders demanded ‘weed’ and ‘cash’ but are believed to have targeted the wrong house.

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A woman was threatened with a gun and her partner was attacked with a baseball bat in Sheffield in the early hours of Saturday (Photo: Getty)

They fled after Eniko and Peter’s one-year-old daughter, Emma, started crying upstairs.

The crooks, who wore black face coverings and clothing, grabbed Eniko’s bag, which contained gifts for her 21st birthday yesterday, as they ran out.

A woman was threatened with a gun and her partner was attacked with a baseball bat during a raid of their home in Sheffield while their one-year-old daughter was upstairs

In July, an almost identical incident was reported on a nearby street.

On that occasion, two women were asleep in their home on Browning Road, Fox Hill, when two men smashed the glass in their front door to force entry to the property.

One of the women, a 37 -year-old civil servant, jumped out of bed to investigate and was confronted by two men in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs.

As she stood on the landing one of the men approached her from downstairs and pointed a gun at her head while demanding cash and drugs.

Her partner, a 42-year-old community nurse, was also threatened with the firearm while the gunman barked the same demands at her.

He opened the loft hatch on the landing, saw that it was empty and left after being handed £100 the women had in their home.

As the men fled they picked up the keys to the Toyota Yaris parked outside.

South Yorkshire Police said detectives are currently reviewing incidents to look for possible links.

Detectives investigating the latest incident last weekend have carried out door-to-door enquiries in the hope that local residents may have seen or heard something which could help them identify the culprits.

They are keen to hear from anyone with CCTV.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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