Detectives investigating the theft of shotguns from two properties in Sheffield and Rotherham have issued advice to licensed holders and are asking witnesses to come forward.
Between 10.15am- 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday 19 July), it is reported that offenders unknown broke into a house in the Wharncliffe Side area of Sheffield, gaining entry and taking one shotgun.
The second offence is believed to have occurred sometime between 1.45-7.45pm yesterday when a house in the Upper Whiston area of Rotherham was broken into.
A number of shotguns, cartridges and cash was taken from this property.
T/Detective Chief Inspector Jon Cousins, said: “While an investigation in to both of these incidents is in the early stages, we are treating the matter very seriously and wish to ensure that other licensed firearm holders are aware of this recent criminal activity.
“Committed in broad daylight it appears that these incidents could well have been targeted and I’d like anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area, in particular any suspicious vehicles around the times mentioned, to come forward in confidence and report it to us.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind licensed gun holders to check their security measures. The most up-to-date security advice can be found online in the Home Office Firearms Security Handbook.
“The shooting community is close knit and I’d ask that people spread the message amongst those that you know are licensed holders to make them aware and to ensure adequate security measures are in place.
“It’s paramount that we recover these guns and identify those involved. Any information you have can be passed to police via 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Please quote incident number 413 of 19 July when passing on information.”
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