Metal theft hot spots in Sheffield revealed

Police during a clampdown on metal theft in South Yorkshire
Police during a clampdown on metal theft in South Yorkshire
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Metal theft across Sheffield has fallen dramatically over the past five years, new figures suggest, but pockets of the city remain hot spots for the crime.

In 2013, an astonishing 1,458 such offences were recorded by police across the city, a Freedom of Information request by The Star revealed.

But over the first 11 months of last year, the latest period for which South Yorkshire Police said data was available, that number had plummeted to 249.

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Castlebeck was the worst-hit neighbourhood last year, with metal thieves striking there on 36 occasions - more than three times as many as in the previous four years combined.

Manor, where there were 27 such crimes, and Hillsborough, with 11, were the only other areas where such offences reached double figures during 2017.

In 2013, metal thefts reached double figures in 27 areas, including Gleadless Valley, where 64 offences were recorded, and Handsworth with 55.

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Although city-wide metal thefts fell sharply from 1,458 in 2013 to 218 in 2016, last year's figure represents a slight upward trend.

The Star recently reported how crooks have been lifting metal drain covers from streets around Sheffield, with the council branding such actions 'extremely dangerous'.

In May, thieves used an angle grinder to cut through locks and steal several thousand pounds worth of loose metal from a business in Holbrook.

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And in January this year, lorry trailers loaded with steel girders were stolen from a storage yard in Deepcar, with thieves believed to have used a tractor to shift large concrete blocks protecting the containers.

Police in Sheffield have previously teamed up with customs officers and the Environment Agency to crack down on unscrupulous scrap dealers, such was the scale of metal being stolen.

TOTAL METAL THEFTS RECORDED BY POLICE IN SHEFFIELD

2013: 1,458

2014: 708

2015: 416

2016: 218

2017*: 249

* Figure for 2017 only includes thefts up to December 4 that year

METAL THEFTS BY AREA IN 2017

ABBEYDALE: 0
ARBOURTHORNE: 7
ATTERCLIFFE: 4
BANNER CROSS: 2
BANNERDALE: 0
BASEGREEN: 0
BATEMOOR: 0
BEAUCHIEF: 0
BEIGHTON: 1
BENTS GREEN: 0
BIRLEY: 0
BIRLEY CARR: 0
BLACKBURN: 1
BOLSTERSTONE: 0
BRADFIELD: 0
BRADWAY: 0
BRIGHTSIDE: 0
BRINCLIFFE: 0
BROOKHILL: 1
BROOMHALL: 1
BROOMHILL: 1
BURNCROSS: 0
BURNGREAVE: 0
CARBROOK: 1
CASTLEBECK: 36
CHAPELTOWN: 1
CROOKES: 5
CROOKESMOOR: 1
CROSSPOOL: 0
DARNALL: 3
DEEPCAR: 5
DORE: 0
DUNGWORTH: 0
ECCLESALL: 2
ECCLESFIELD: 3
ELLESMERE: 0
ENDCLIFFE: 1
FIR VALE: 2
FIRSHILL: 0
FIRTH PARK: 3
FOXHILL: 1
FRECHEVILLE: 0
FULWOOD: 1
GLEADLESS: 2
GLEADLESS TOWNEND: 0
GLEADLESS VALLEY: 7
GREENHILL: 1
GRENOSIDE: 1
GREYSTONES: 1
GRIMESTHORPE: 2
HACKENTHORPE: 0
HALFWAY: 1
HANDSWORTH: 4
HEELEY: 2
HEMSWORTH: 0
HIGH GREEN: 3
HIGHFIELD: 1
HILLSBOROUGH: 11
HOLBROOK: 0
HOLDWORTH:0
HOLLYTHORPE: 0
HUNTERS BAR: 0
HYDE PARK: 0
INTAKE: 6
JORDANTHORPE: 0
KELVIN: 0
LANGSETT ESTATE: 1
LEAVYGREAVE: 0
LITTLEDALE: 0
LODGE MOOR: 0
LONGLEY: 2
LOWEDGES: 0
LOWER SHIREGREEN: 1
LOWFIELD: 0
LOXLEY: 2
LYDGATE: 0
MALIN BRIDGE: 0
MANOR: 27
MANOR PARK: 2
MEADOWHALL: 2
MEADOWHEAD: 0
MEERSBROOK: 2
MIDDLEWOOD: 2
MILLHOUSES: 0
MOSBOROUGH: 1
NEEPSEND: 1
NETHER EDGE: 4
NETHER GREEN: 1
NETHERTHORPE: 1
NORFOLK PARK: 6
NORMANTON SPRINGS: 3
NORTON: 1
NORTON LEES: 1
NORWOOD: 0
OUGHTIBRIDGE: 0
OWLERTON: 1
OWLTHORPE: 0
PARK: 2
PARKHEAD: 0
PARKWOOD SPRINGS: 1
PARSON CROSS: 6
PITSMOOR: 0
RANMOOR: 1
RICHMOND: 2
RINGINGLOW: 1
RIVELIN: 0
ROSCOE BANK: 2
SANDYGATE: 2
SHALESMOOR: 2
SHARROW: 2
SHARROW VALE: 3
SHIRECLIFFE: 0
SHIREGREEN: 0
SKYE EDGE: 5
SOUTHEY GREEN: 2
STANNINGTON: 2
STOCKSBRIDGE: 0
STRADBROKE: 0
TANKERSLEY: 0
TINSLEY: 5
TOTLEY: 0
TOTLEY BROOK: 0
TOTLEY RISE: 1
TOWN CENTRE: 6
UPPER MIDHOPE: 0
UPPERTHORPE: 0
WADSLEY: 1
WADSLEY BRIDGE: 1
WALKLEY: 0
WATERTHORPE: 0
WEST BAR: 1
WESTFIELD: 1
WHARNCLIFFE SIDE: 0
WHIRLOW: 0
WHITELEY: 0
WICKER: 1
WINCOBANK: 0
WISEWOOD: 2
WOODHOUSE: 7
WOODHOUSE MILL: 0
WOODSEATS: 0
WOODTHORPE: 1
WORRALL: 0
WYBOURN: 2