Police hunt for thieves who attacked good neighbour as she tried to stop Rotherham burglary

A GOOD Samaritan who tried to thwart a burglary at a neighbour’s home needed hospital treatment after being attacked by the thieves.

The woman and another would-be helper were punched by the raiders, who also threw things at them, causing head and facial injuries.

Polce are now keen to find the gang of five responsible for the incident at Park Drive in Swallownest at 6.45pm on Wednesday, February 15, who used a white SUV as a getaway car.

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A spokesperson said: “It is reported that five suspects forced entry to a property on Park Drive, causing damage.

“It is understood that the group took items of jewellery and a quantity of cash.

“Two neighbours are believed to have heard the break-in and went to the property, where they were assaulted by the suspects.

“They were punched and had items thrown at their faces,  

“One of the victims, a 64-year-old woman, needed hospital treatment.”

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Officers are keen to hear from anyone living locally who may have seen this vehicle, or hold CCTV or video doorbell footage.

They said several items of distinctive jewellery were taken, including a yellow gold ring with a blue sapphire set in the band surrounded by small diamonds, a square-fronted signet ring with a small pattern in the bottom corner and a small stone in the centre.

Also pinched were a yellow and white gold twisted neck chain, a yellow gold ring with a flat, gold flower on the front, a yellow gold band which twists and has two stones in the front, and a yellow gold half sovereign on a twisted golden chain.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have been offered these items for sale or seen these items being sold.

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If you have information, please contact us using live chat, our online portal or by calling 101 quoting incident number 849 of February 15, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dashcam or doorbell footage can be emailed to [email protected] quoting the same incident number in the email subject line.