Son’s distress as items go missing from Sheffield parents

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A SHEFFIELD MP has offered to take up the cause of a son who believes a carer stole cash and valuables from his parents’ home.

Ian Horsfield, aged 48, said several items vanished from a bedroom in the house on Norton Lees Road, Meersbrook.

The valuables included £800 in pension money, a gold watch, and a spare key for their Ford Fusion car.

But Ian said he has been left ‘frustrated’ after police were unable to make arrests because of a lack of evidence.

He said the items were discovered missing by his 81-year-old father, after a series of different carers visited to help his elderly mum, who suffered a debilitating stroke.

Ian added the matter was reported to police straight away - but officers were unable to take action because of the number of visitors who came to see his mother.

Ian’s local MP, Meg Munn, said the incident was ‘an issue of great concern’.

She said: “Elderly and vulnerable people need to feel safe, and everyone entering a person’s home must be properly monitored and supervised. All allegations must be thoroughly investigated and the family kept informed. I have taken up situations like this in the past and would do so again.”

Ian’s mother’s care was arranged through Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Hilary Chapman, chief operating officer at the NHS trust, said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr Horsfield’s distress over items allegedly going missing from his parents’ property.

“We have supported the police in their investigation, which included a number of other visitors to the house as well as our care staff.

“The police have since confirmed there is no evidence to pursue this matter any further with our staff.”

Ian, a self-employed carpenter, said his mum spent more than 12 weeks in hospital after her stroke and was discharged on the condition care was put in place.

He said the pension money and car key went missing from a handbag in a wardrobe, and the watch had been bought by him as a Christmas present for his mum.

“It was just a gold-plated watch, but it had sentimental value more than anything,” he said.

“Obviously, with my mother’s condition, this has made her even more anxious.

“It’s very difficult. My dad and myself are looking after her ourselves now, because he doesn’t trust anyone to come into the house.”

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “This has been fully investigated and a number of inquiries carried out.

“However, due to the high volume of visitors having legitimate access to the property over a three-week period, and no grounds to suspect any one person, there has not been enough evidence to make an arrest.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 1,035 of August 5.