A RISE in burglaries in Swinton has prompted a detective to reassure residents the force is working hard to combat the issue.
Det Insp Mark Oughton said residents in Swinton had become concerned about the rise in domestic and commercial burglaries and arrests had been made recently.
He said: “It’s understandable that the increase in reports has led to increased worry, but I want to reassure those living and working in Swinton that we are working hard to combat this issue and identify those responsible for these crimes.
“We have already seen some positive results. Last week, we charged a 30-year-old man in connection with a burglary committed the same day.
“He has already pleaded guilty and been sent to prison.”
Lee Michael Hoyle, of Birdwell Road, Swinton, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, January 16, charged with burglary, going equipped for theft and shoplifting.
He pleaded guilty to all offences and was jailed for 16 weeks.
Hoyle burgled a property in Edward Street, Swinton, and stole a bike worth around £200.
Mark Stanton (34), of no fixed abode, appeared at the same court three days later charged with four counts of theft, one count of criminal damage and one drugs offence.
The charges relate to alleged criminality in Mexborough in December 2017.
He was remanded in custody and will appear at Sheffield Crown Court at a later date.
Det Insp Oughton added: “I hope these court updates reassure the local community how swiftly we’re working to tackle this issue and wherever possible, we are apprehending suspects and working with the Crown Prosecution Service to bring these individuals before court.
“We know that these crimes can leave a significant impact on victims and the wider community.
“This is unacceptable and we will take robust action against anyone found committing these crimes, not only in Swinton but across Rotherham.”
To report any concerns call on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously by ringing 0800 555 111.