Ornate handrails stolen from Central Library

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witnesses are urged to come forward after thieves stole Art Deco style handrails from the front of Sheffield’s Central Library.

The ornate brass and bronze rails were ripped from their casings at the Surrey Street entrance some time over the weekend, making the stairs unsafe for visitors.

It is thought the theft is linked to the recent rise in scrap metal crime in the country.

The theft is the second such incident in recent months, after door handles and metalwork were stolen from outside the Children’s Library entrance further down Surrey Street, and fittings were taken from internal doors inside the main library building.

The handrails, which have elaborate curved ends, were snapped off from the hinge some time between 5.30pm on Saturday night and Monday morning, when staff discovered the theft.

The outer wooden doors were closed and the main doors had been locked up as normal.

The handrails are thought to be original, put in place when the building was designed in the 1930s. It was opened by the Queen Mother, when she was Duchess of York, in 1934.

Call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, with information.