Appeal from South Yorkshire Police

Did you see a man behaving suspiciously in the Derbyshire Lane area of Sheffield yesterday morning?

It is believed that at some time between 9.30am and 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 17 March), a 71-year-old woman was in a property in Cobnar Drive, Sheffield, when an unknown man entered and threatened her with a knife.

The woman was robbed before being subjected to a sexual assault by the man. Her wedding ring and money was taken during the incident. The man is described as being white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, of medium to stocky build. He is believed to be between 40 and 50-years-old with a weathered appearance and a round face.

He is also described as being bald, with some hair around the sides of his head that is dark in colour. He is also believed to have heavy stubble around his mouth and is described as looking unkempt. He was reportedly wearing glasses and dark clothing, and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali in Sheffield said: “This was a horrific attack on an elderly woman in a relative’s home and we are taking this report incredibly seriously. “We are conducting extensive enquiries in the local area, including going door-to-door speaking to residents. Witnesses describe seeing a man in dark clothing in the area at the time, who appeared to be struggling with a heavy bag of some sort. We need to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a man behaving suspiciously in the area between 9.30am and 10.30am yesterday morning – any information, no matter how small, could help us identify the person responsible. I also need to hear from anyone who may have been offered a wedding ring for sale.”

Please call 101 quoting incident number 253 of 17 March 2015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.

RIP John Brown

jbIt is with great sadness that we must announce that John Brown passed away on Tuesday March 3rd. As Chairman of Norton Lees Residents Association, John has been a mainstay of the group. He was a pillar of the local community, being also active with St Paul’s Church, Chair of the Friends of Bishops’ House since its inception, leader of Norton Lees Local History group, with the former St. Pauls Players (both onstage and as a set designer) and Norton Cricket Club, where he was a spin bowler. He was a life-long fan of his beloved Sheffield United.

John had been an architect with Sheffield Council for most of his working life. During his retirement Bishops’ House became a focus for John’s love and knowledge of history. He gave regular, well-attended talks on various facets of our local history. John was always friendly, calm and erudite, providing excellent company to whoever got to know him. He will be sorely missed by all his friends, colleagues and especially his two children.

There will be a ceremony for him at St Pauls Church Saturday 14th March at 9.15. Donations should be made to St Luke’s Hospice on his behalf.

Watch out for rogue traders

As many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime occur nationally each year, with residents cold called with offers to carry out repairs that are poor quality, unnecessary and charged at extortionate prices. Victims often report being threatened and even driven to their bank to withdraw money.

Residents within our communities are scammed of thousands of pounds at the hands of these criminals as incidents go unreported or doorstep callers unchallenged. Quite often just a little help from a concerned relative or neighbour is enough to deter the fraudsters and reporting your suspicions means trading standards officers and the police can attend the incidents quickly to check on the traders.

Signs an unwanted doorstep caller is visiting a neighbour:

  •  Traders have been cold calling in the area
  • A builder’s van is parked nearby, particularly one that doesn’t include a company name or contact details
  • Building or maintenance work on your neighbour’s garden or house starts unexpectedly
  • Poor quality work is visible on the roof, driveway, or property
  • Your neighbour appears anxious or distressed
  • Your neighbour visits the bank, building society, or post office more frequently, particularly if they are accompanied by a trader

What can I do?

  • Ask your neighbour in private — in person or on the phone — if things are   OK
  • If they are displeased, suggest calling a relative or carer on their behalf
  • Note any vehicle registration numbers
  • Keep hold of any flyers you have received through your door
  • Ask if the trader has left any paperwork and put it in a clean food bag

If you suspect a crime, call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or your local trading standards office.

Sheffield Fair Trading Standards:

Apple Day

appleSunday 12 October 1 pm to 5pm
In the Walled Garden Meersbrook Park

  • Bring your apples for identification and put them through the apple press to drink your own apple juice!
  • Songs from Carfield Choir
  • Music from Winkie and Liz, accordion, ukelele and cello
  • Apple olympic games
  • Teas and apple pies!