Son’s disgust after dad, 82, has £1,400 savings stolen on Sheffield bus

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A son has spoken of his ‘shock and disgust’ after pension savings totalling £1,400 were stolen from his elderly father on a bus.

Asad Akbar said his father, 82, had withdrawn savings from the Halifax, in High Street, Sheffield, at around 10.30am on Saturday.

At around 11am he boarded the 76 First Bus from the city centre to Firth Park.

But when he got off the bus an envelope containing his cash had gone.

CCTV footage from the bus showed a young, white youth sitting near to Mr Akbar’s father, who does not wish to be named.

Asad, 46, said: “It’s an absolute joke that somebody could be so low they would rob a pensioner.

“My dad is still upset and in shock, not only that he was robbed – but for losing so much money.”

Asad said his father had been unwell in the months leading up to the theft and had not been able to get to the bank.

He said his father had withdrawn all the money to repay friends and family for helping out – even though they did not expect anything back.

Asad said: “The only thing I hope now is that somebody will have information which leads to this person being caught.

“A young lad getting so much money suddenly doesn’t go unnoticed.”

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Enquiries are underway following a reported theft of a vulnerable man on a bus in Sheffield... [the man] took a substantial sum of money out at a cash machine before getting on a bus, travelling from High Street towards Firth Park. When he got off the bus and home, he noticed the money was gone.

“Police believe the money was stolen and are examining CCTV footage as the investigation progresses.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or email quoting incident number 526.