Man jailed for knifepoint raid at Sheffield house in which he started blaze

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A man has been jailed for six years for a knifepoint raid at a house in Sheffield in which he set the property on fire.

Liam Rhodes, aged 21, called at a house in the Westfield area of Sheffield on Bonfire Night last year and brandished a knife. 

Liam Rhodes

Liam Rhodes

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He threatened the occupant with violence unless he handed over cash and electrical items.

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When the victim refused, Rhodes smashed the windows of the property, before setting fire to rubbish and throwing it into the house. 

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He was jailed after being found guilty of aggravated burglary following a trial.

Detective Constable Dean Craik, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Rhodes was heard by several witnesses to say that he would burn down the victim’s house, with the victim still inside, if he didn’t hand over cash and a bicycle, among other valuable items. 

“Rhodes also threatened witnesses with violence if they called the police. Someone was able to alert a passing police car to the incident and our officers pursued a vehicle seen leaving the scene at speed.” 

Her later handed himself in and was charged.

DC Craik added: “I am pleased that Rhodes has been convicted and received a prison sentence. I hope this offers the victim and the local community of Westfield some reassurance, knowing this violent individual is now behind bars.”