Police have issued advice to licensed gun owners after a number of shotguns and ammunition cartridges were stolen from properties in Sheffield in Rotherham.
Between 10.15am-12.30pm yesterday (Thursday, July 19), it is reported that offenders broke into a house in the Wharncliffe Side area of Sheffield, gaining entry and taking one shotgun.
The second offence is believed to have occurred sometime between 1.45-7.45pm yesterday when a house in the Upper Whiston area of Rotherham was broken into.
A number of shotguns, cartridges and cash was taken from this property and detectives investigating both thefts are asking witnesses to come forward.
Temporary detective Chief Inspector Jon Cousins, said: “While an investigation in to both of these incidents is in the early stages, we are treating the matter very seriously and wish to ensure that other licensed firearm holders are aware of this recent criminal activity.
“Committed in broad daylight it appears that these incidents could well have been targeted and I’d like anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area, in particular any suspicious vehicles around the times mentioned, to come forward in confidence and report it to us.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind licensed gun holders to check their security measures. The most up-to-date security advice can be found online in the Home Office Firearms Security Handbook.
“The shooting community is close knit and I’d ask that people spread the message amongst those that you know are licensed holders to make them aware and to ensure adequate security measures are in place.
“It’s paramount that we recover these guns and identify those involved. Any information you have can be passed to police via 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Please quote incident number 413 of 19 July when passing on information.”