Three men jailed following clampdown on Sheffield burglaries

From left, Whittingham, McDonagh and Cooper.
From left, Whittingham, McDonagh and Cooper.
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A trio of burglars have been jailed after a police clampdown in Sheffield.

The trio have been combined for a combined total of nearly 15 years for unrelated offences - and it comes on the back of falling burglary figures across the country.

Officers in Sheffield have seen significant success in recent weeks with the jailing of the three.

Official statistics released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show that burglaries have fallen across South Yorkshire by 7% between June 2015 and June 2016. Figures for Sheffield reveal that, in line with the forcewide data, burglaries fell across the city by around 6% between June 2015 and June 2016.

At Sheffield Crown Court earlier this month, three men were separately jailed for their roles in committing burglaries and thefts across the city.

Detective Inspector Jude Ashmore, who leads the team responsible for investigating burglaries in Sheffield, said: “We have a dedicated team of officers who work incredibly hard alongside the Local Policing Teams to investigate burglaries and put offenders behind bars.

“Burglary is a horribly intrusive crime that can have a significant impact on victims’ lives, as well as the wider community, and our recent successes at court demonstrate our continued efforts to protect our residents.”

Earlier this month 21-year-old Alex Whittingham, formerly of Sheffield, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court to be jailed after being convicted of dangerous driving, assault, theft, and handling stolen goods. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for his crimes, which took place in the Handsworth area of Sheffield in May 2016.

Whittingham stole a motorcycle from a property in Treeton, Rotherham, assaulting the resident, before using it in a series of collisions in the Handsworth Road area.

In a separate hearing, Gerry McDonagh, 18, was also jailed for four years and four months after being convicted of burglary and vehicle crime offences. McDonagh, formerly of Sheffield, was arrested in April 2016 after running from a car he had stolen during a burglary in Spa Lane Croft the previous day. Further investigation tied him to other burglaries across the city.

Also jailed earlier this month is Darryl Cooper, formerly of Meersbrook, who was jailed for six years after being convicted of burglary and vehicle crimes. Cooper, 21, was arrested in April 2016 after a police investigation into several reports of burglary in the Richmond area of the city.

DI Ashmore continued: “While we have three people now behind bars for their crimes in Sheffield, we know that there are more people out there committing these types of offences.

“I’d urge anyone with information about suspected burglars or those involved in crime in your local area to get in touch, so we can do everything we can to make our communities safer.

“You can report crimes to us via 101 or online, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”