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Bad news as kiosk is plundered

PUBLISHED: 18:15 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH newsagent is counting the cost today after raiders broke into the business he had run for four weeks and stole almost everything which they could lay their hands on.

AN IPSWICH newsagent is counting the cost today after raiders broke into the business he had run for four weeks and stole almost everything which they could lay their hands on.

Today The Kiosk, on St Matthews Street roundabout, remains closed and its owner now doubts he will run a newsagents in the town again.

Matthew Perkins received a call from police at about 1.20am on Wednesday telling him there had been an incident at his shop.

He headed straight to The Kiosk not knowing what to expect but thinking there were probably a couple of smashed windows. However, he arrived to find the business had been cleared out.

"I got there and the full horror hit me," Mr Perkins said.

"They had smashed through four doors, two of which are steel plated, with five lever locks, and had taken absolutely everything of value, everything worth more than 20p. All they left was a bit of confectionery.

"I'd been there four weeks and the business had just been branded up by the Evening Star outside.

"I'm sick, absolutely gutted. I just don't feel I can carry on there. I don't feel safe and I don't feel comfortable for me or my staff."

Mr Perkins, who also runs a newsagents in Colchester, said he believed there had been an anonymous call to police but knows nothing more about what happened.

He spent much of Wednesday back at The Kiosk assessing what had happened and believes about £4,000 to £5,000 of goods, money and equipment have been stolen.

He hopes that someone will have seen something and come forward with information for the police.

He said: "It's not a case of one person walking away with a swag bag. Too much was taken. There must have been a vehicle involved.

"It happened some time between late Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday morning. You would've thought someone would have seen something. There must have been people around.

"Some people may not realise they saw something at the time but hopefully they'll come forward."

Whether the burglars are found or not, Mr Perkins dreams of a thriving new business have been shattered and he does not want to go back to The Kiosk.

He said: "This was a new venture and I was excited about taking it on. About 90 per cent of people round there were happy to see it up and running because it is a popular little site.

"Then this hits us. I don't want to go on with it and I'll be out of Ipswich unless I have a radical rethink over the next couple of days.

"I don't have the taste to be there. At the moment I feel sick to my stomach."

"These people win again," he added.

N If you can help police with their inquiries into the incident contact them on 01473 613500.

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