Attempted burglary of Rotherham pensioner – can you help?

Officers are appealing to anyone with information after an attempted burglary at an 88-year-old man’s home in Rawmarsh during the early hours of the morning.

At around 4am on Monday 14 August, the elderly man was woken by a loud bang in the downstairs of his property on Kilnhurst Road. Upon going to investigate what the noise was, an unknown man, approximately 5ft 6ins tall, of a slim build and wearing a grey hooded top, was stood in his lounge.

The man immediately fled and is believed to have made off along Kilnhurst Road. Officers attended and while there were no items stolen, there was extensive damage caused to a window, as PC Simon Bott investigating explains: “We believe a metal grate cover was removed from a nearby road and used to break the window and gain entry, which is what created the loud bang and woke the victim up, and possibly may have disturbed other residents in the surrounding area, either when it was being removed or when used to get into the house.”

“Fortunately the victim was not injured, however he is incredibly shaken as a result of this incident. Burglary is an incredibly intrusive crime that can cause extreme distress to victims, and I would like to offer my reassurance that we are committed to protecting members of our communities and working to bring offenders to justice.

“I would urge anyone who may have any information in relation to this incident, no matter how insignificant they feel it may be, to please come forward.”

If you can help, please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 119 of 14 August 2017.