Police speak on spate of break-ins at independent Sheffield businesses: "They do not need this added pressure."

Police investigating a spate of break ins at independent businesses across Sheffield say patrol plans are in police and that local firms ‘do not need this added pressure.’

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 11:10 am
Blend Kitchen on Ecclesall Road. Picture Scott Merrylees

There has been a wave of break ins at independent pubs, cafes and businesses in recent weeks with many taking place around the Ecclesall Road area.

While in some cases nothing was stolen, the break ins have caused costly damage and left other business owners fearing they will be targeted as well.

On just one night, May 26, both the Hopper Coffee House and Clarrie’s Kitchen were broken into – Clarrie’s for the second time in a month. Police said only an iPad was taken from Hopper.

Clarrie's Kitchen on Ecclesall Road. Picture Scott Merrylees

Inspector Kevin Smith from the Sheffield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “After a difficult and unprecedented 18 months, our independent businesses do not need added pressure and I completely understand how upsetting these types of incidents are.

“Both of these incidents are being thoroughly investigated and I would like to ask anyone with any information, images or footage that might be helpful to contact us.

“We have patrol plans in place in this part of the city and officers are aware of and monitoring any new trends or emerging issues.

"I’d encourage local businesses to continue to report any suspicious activity or concerns to us as it means we can take further targeted action.”

Other break ins have been reported recently at The Beerhouse pub and The Wildcard bar and restaurant, both also on Ecclesall Road. At the former, only a bottle of whisky was taken.

As reported by the Telegraph, new social enterprise Blend Kitchen, located at the bottom of Ecclesall Road, was also broken into shortly after it opened.

Its team has now launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help it pay for roller shutters that will protect the site in future.

Inspector Smith added: “If you have information that may help us identify those responsible, please do get in touch. You can call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"You can also call me directly – all contact details for my team can be found on the neighbourhood pages of our website.”