Thieves steal wood from scout bonfire

A local scout and cub group was victim to wood thieves last weekend.

Timber pallets were delivered to Stephen Hill Scout Group last Friday afternoon in preparation for their fundraising bonfire on Sunday night in Calver Field, off Hagg Lane.

But between Friday and Sunday the wood went missing, forcing organisers to go ahead with fireworks but no bonfire.

The annual event raises valuable funds for the group.

Stephen Hill Scout Group

Reports of bank card skimming at Crosspool ATM

The cash machine in Crosspool precinct
The cash machine in Crosspool precinct

We’ve received several reports from concerned local residents who have had unauthorised withdrawals from their accounts after using the cash machine in Crosspool.

It seems that people who took cash out early last week have had attempted withdrawals from their account by someone in America.

Some banks have identified the unusual activity and stopped funds leaving customers’ accounts. If you have used the ATM outside Spar over the last week or so then we recommend that you double-check the transactions on your account and contact your bank if you see anything unusual.

The police have been informed. They tell us that this ATM is not run by Spar, but by a company called Bank Machines, who it appears has just fitted a green security device to the machine.

If you’ve been a victim of this you can report your incident to the police by calling 0114 220 2020. If you want to speak to Bank Machines, they can be contacted on 0800 028 6923.

We’ll keep you updated if we hear any other news.

Hagg Lane allotments theft: were you a victim?

Last Monday night, on 17 October, a number of plots on Hagg Lane, including the members’ trading hut, were broken into and a large amount of property taken.

South Yorkshire Police has advised allotment holders who have suffered individual theft/damage to report their story to the police (telephone 101) so they can link all the reports together.

No one else can report on a plot holder’s behalf and it is important that everyone affected contacts them and gains a crime reference number to help build the full picture of the incident.

Hagg Lane & District Gardeners’ Allotments Society

Transit van torched on Lydgate Lane

A sat nav system and laptop bag were stolen from a Transit van parked on Lydgate Lane on Thursday 28 July.

Thieves broke in to the van at around 00.30am. Upon discovering that the laptop bag only contained papers, they threw it into Lydgate Park and set the van on fire.

The following day, someone removed the van’s rear lights and drained the diesel from the vehicle. It is not known if these incidents were connected to the break-in and torching.

The torched van on Lydgate Lane
The torched van on Lydgate Lane

Police activity this week in Crosspool

You may have noticed an increased police presence in the area this week, including a helicopter circling overhead.

We’ve looked into this and it turns out that the helicopter was deployed to complement a ground force operation to apprehend those responsible for break-ins and attempted break-ins to the huts at Hallamshire Golf Club. They also investigated a number of reported barbeques on the rocks adjacent to Sandygate Grove.

Around the same time, an accident occurred at the Blackbrook Road junction with Redmires Road.

Download the Summer 2011 Crosspool Clarion now

The new edition of the Crosspool Clarion is going to press and will soon be falling on the doormats of all Crosspool households.

Crosspool Clarion Summer 2011
Download Crosspool Clarion Summer 2011 (PDF, 1.5MB)

The latest issue includes:

  • HGV Sat Navs
  • New local Councillor
  • Tapton Academy
  • Pupil wins award
  • Lydgate Lane closure
  • Centenary Walk
  • Spring Clean
  • Hallam FC anniversary match
  • Mobile Library Service Cut
  • Royal Wedding Street Parties in Crosspool
  • Computer Course
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Open Meeting Minutes

Download Crosspool Clarion Summer 2011 (PDF, 1.5MB)

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

If you are a local business then you may wish to consider advertising in the Clarion. It is a great way to reach over local households. Contact Clarion editor Ian Hague for more information.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Magistrates in the Community Neighbourhood Watch meeting

To give a better understanding of court procedure and why magistrates come to the decisions on sentences that they do, the police and two magistrates plan to talk about Magistrates in the Community at an upcoming South West Sheffield Neighbourhood Watch Forum meeting.

The event is at Christ Church Fulwood church hall on Canterbury Avenue on Wednesday 13 April and is expected to run from 7-9pm. Refreshments will be available.

A number of attendees will be invited to be involved in some role play. So go along and get involved – or feel free just to turn up and witness proceedings.

Crosspool crime map published on new police website

A new website has launched that allows people to view crimes reported in their neighbourhood on a online map.

As well as the crime maps, the website also lists the names of local police officers and offers feedback and advice for local residents.

A link to a map centered on Crosspool shops is below, but be warned, the site has been struggling with demand so may not work first time. You can also put in your own postcode for a personalised report.

To protect privacy, individual addresses are not pinpointed on the map. Crimes are mapped to an anonymous point on or near the road where they occurred. map centered on Crosspool shops on Sandygate Road

Crosspool crime map
Crosspool crime map

Sandygate Road hit and run: did you witness it?

A Crosspool resident has been in touch to appeal for information regarding a hit and run incident on Sandygate Road that left him in hospital and his bicycle seriously damaged.

On the evening of 18 November 2010 at about 6:35pm, James Huntingdon of St Francis Close was knocked off his bike at the Sandygate Road/Coldwell Lane/Carsick Hill Road junction.

He had turned right from Carsick Hill Road and was travelling on Sandygate Road towards Crosspool when a silver Toyota Celica pulled out of Coldwell Lane and collided with the cyclist’s left side.

Although James was taken to hospital, thankfully his injuries aren’t too serious. However, his bike was damaged – leaving him with a large repair bill – and the police have not yet managed to trace the driver.

Did you see the accident? Or do know anyone with a silver Toyota Celica that has recently had damage to the front of the car?

If so, you can help James by contacting the police on 0114 220 202, referencing incident number 829/18 November.

James Huntingdon of St Francis Close
James Huntingdon of St Francis Close on the Sandygate Road junction where the accident happened

Crosspool police box open on Saturday 20 November

This Saturday 20 November between 10am and 12 noon the Crosspool police box on Lydgate Lane will be open to allow residents to raise issues either with the police or possibly a councillor.

The police are currently investigating the anti-social behavior of a small number of students in the precinct at lunchtime. Drug dealing is also becoming a concern, and the police would welcome any information that you may have.

You can contact PC Louise Atha by emailing

The Lydgate Lane police box is at the top of the hill, near Tapton Hill transmitter.

Lydgate Lane police box
Lydgate Lane police box