Residents urged to be vigilant after reports of Crosspool burglaries

Volunteers from a local neighbourhood watch scheme are warning Crosspool residents to be extra vigilant after a spate of break-ins over the last few days.

There were reports of burglaries on Den Bank Close and others in the Stephen Hill area, all taking place between 1pm and 3pm.

Dransfield Road Neighbourhood Watch is suggesting residents check their homes and vehicles are secure and work with their neighbours to stay safe.

If you see anything suspicious, call 101. If you see a crime taking place, call 999.

Crosspool collision – pedestrian dies in hospital

Today, Friday 31 October, police can confirm that an elderly pedestrian involved in a collision in Sheffield at the weekend has died in hospital.

At around 11am on Saturday 25 October, it is reported that a black Toyota Celica was in collision with a 93-year-old woman, named as Betty Vallance, outside a row of shops in Sandygate Road, Crosspool. The car was reversing when it collided with the woman.

Betty was taken to hospital suffering what were first thought to be minor injuries. However, her condition deteriorated. She passed away yesterday (Thursday 30 October).

It is believed that Betty may have been using a walking stick.

Investigating officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision or events leading up to the collision. Call 101 quoting incident number 406 of 25 October 2014.

Re-appeal for witnesses following Crosspool collision

An elderly pedestrian remains in critical condition following a collision in Sheffield at the weekend.

At around 11am on Saturday 25 October, it is reported that a black Toyota Celica was in collision with a 93-year-old woman outside a row of shops in Sandygate Road, Crosspool. The car was reversing when it collided with the woman.

The woman, who has today been named by officers as Betty Vallance from Crosspool, was taken to hospital suffering what were first thought to be minor injuries. However, her condition deteriorated and she remains in a critical condition.

It is believed that Betty may have been using a walking stick.

Investigating officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision or events leading up to the collision.

Call 101 quoting incident number 406 of 25 October 2014.

Elderly pedestrian injured following collision at Crosspool shops

Crosspool precinct, October 2014
Crosspool precinct this morning

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries following a collision at Crosspool shops.

At around 11am today (Saturday 25 October) a black Toyota Celica was in collision with a 93-year-old woman outside the shops in the precinct on Sandygate Road.

The car was reversing when it collided with the woman.

She was taken to hospital suffering what were first thought to be minor injuries but her condition deteriorated is now described as life threatening.

Officers investigating are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up the collision.

Contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 406 of 25 October 2014.

Local shops targeted in mobile phone theft

A mobile phone was stolen from Bamforths greengrocer last month as thieves targeted Crosspool shops.

On Thursday 7 August two men were seen acting suspiciously as they visited the precinct shops and distracted owners. An iPhone was stolen from Bamforths.

Police are investigating and want to speak with two men captured on CCTV. Anyone with information should call them by dialling 101.

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Marsh Lane allotment-holders seek building materials: special Open Meeting arranged

Marsh Lane allotment volunteers
Marsh Lane allotment volunteers

As allotment holders appeal for spare materials to help them rebuild the Marsh Lane allotments cafe, tool store and site toilet, a special Open Meeting has been arranged to discuss the problem of Crosspool allotment vandalism.

The 25 August fire came just a few days after a blaze at Hagg Lane allotments on 14 August.

The council have supplied a skip to Marsh Lane allotments and a group of gardener volunteers have been working to clear the site.

One plot belonging to allotment holder Jeff Walker was left devastated but thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor Jeff should be in a position to replace the shed with something more substantial and possibly fire resistant.

Marsh Lane allotment holders are now in desperate need for any timber, glass, concrete, breeze blocks, slabs and other building material to help rebuild their buildings. They’re particularly looking for support from local building yards and glass merchants.

If you can help then please call Jeff Walker on 07970 539986.

Meanwhile, local councillors, council officers, and our local police officers, in their determination to end the current blight of vandalism at local allotments, have arranged  for an emergency Open Meeting to be held at  St Columba’s Church Hall, Friday 5 September at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

Arson attack and more break-ins on Crosspool allotments

Fire at  Hagg Lane & District Gardeners' Allotments Society hut
Fire at
Hagg Lane & District Gardeners’ Allotments Society hut

Volunteers have been left devastated following an arson attack on Hagg Lane allotment hut.

The main building was set alight on Thursday 14 August at around 11pm. The fire brigade was called and the fire put out but not before serious damage had been done to both the building and stock.

In addition there were some more break-ins to individual huts.

Hagg Lane & District Gardeners’ Allotments Society would like to say thank you for the over 50 emails of support since the fire and the help they’ve had clearing up.

If you’d like to lend your support then please contact them via their website.

For more information and photos, read their latest posts.

Handbag stolen in Crosspool doorbell scam

A Crosspool resident who had their handbag stolen from their house this week is warning people to be vigilant.

The person living on Tapton Crescent Road was in their garden with the back door open when the front doorbell rang. There was no-one there when they answered the door but on returning to the garden they saw their handbag had been stolen from inside their back door.

This theft follows reports from the local police at last night’s Open Meeting of washing from three different clothes lines being stolen on one day in the recent warm weather.

Calver Fields armed mugging: Crosspool teenagers reminded to be vigilant

Carver fields
Carver fields

Local Neighbourhood Watch representatives are urging Crosspool teenagers to employ streetwise safety after three boys were threatened with guns and mugged near Calver Fields on Thursday 19 June around 11pm.

The teenagers were among the last to leave an end-of-exams gathering in the field near Hagg Lane. While walking up the hill to go home two men stopped them and threatened them with guns. The men escaped with at least one mobile phone.

The boys called the police, who met them at the junction of Hagg Lane and Manchester Road. You may have heard a police helicopter looking for the perpetrators later on Thursday night.

If you have teenagers celebrating the end of term or passing exams then a reminder to be extra vigilant.

Crosspool residents warned to be vigilant

A local resident has been in touch to warn of three men aged 18-20 acting suspiciously in Crosspool on Thursday.

One knocked on one door of an empty-looking house and was surprised when the owner answered. He asked for directions and then set off walking the opposite way. He was later seen with two other youths knocking on other doors on nearby streets.

The police were notified via 101 and agreed this was suspicious behaviour. They suggested that it sounded as if they were canvassing properties with the potential to commit burglary.

A reminder to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously and report to 101 if you do. Keep your valuables out of sight and to let elderly relatives/neighbours know that they should exercise caution when opening the door to strangers.