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Bakery attacked for fifth time

PUBLISHED: 05:07 14 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

A COUPLE who have been brought to their knees by a string of attacks on their Ipswich bakery said today that they felt totally alone in the fight against crime.

A COUPLE who have been brought to their knees by a string of attacks on their Ipswich bakery said today that they felt totally alone in the fight against crime.

Glen Goldsmith, 31, who runs Krusty's bakery with his partner Michelle Lyne, 35, said that the store on Reynolds Road had been attacked by vandals five times in the last six months.

In April, just one week after opening the business, a large crack appeared across the front window over night. An outside toilet was broken into and human waste smeared across the interior. A month ago the shop front window was shattered and bricks and debris left strewn across the pavement. Last week youths tried to break into the back of the store using a crowbar and then just two days later damage to the front door showed signs of another attempted forced entry.

"It's really grim and nobody seems to be there to help us," said Mr Goldsmith, who moved from a position as bakery manager at Sainsbury's Warren Heath to start up his own business.

"A neighbour called the police and told them about the kids trying to get in round the back but it turns out it was never even logged as a crime. "

A spokesman for Suffolk police said that they had received an anonymous call to the store on October 2 and that although an officer was able to speak to some people at the scene there was not enough evidence to log the incident as a crime.

Having spoken to the couple they are now dealing with the October 2 incident the other incident three days later together.

Now the couple are smarting because after making the decision to fork out around £3,000 for metal grates to cover the shop windows, Ipswich Borough Council have landed them with additional charges just to have the planning application considered.

"We are trying to protect our property but we are getting no support from the police and then the council penalise us at this end," said Miss Lyne.

"We have been told it will take six to eight weeks from when they receive the application and in that time it will probably happen again."

"You would have thought the council had some fast track way of dealing with our application," added Mr Goldsmith. "The shop across the road has already had metal grates put in so they must know there is a need there. Each time the window is broken it costs us a couple of hundred pounds to have it replaced and this is the only way to put a stop to it."

Inspector Andy Solomon of Suffolk Police said: "We are investigating an incident at Krusty's bakery which occurred over night on Friday October 5 and 6 when the front door and window was damaged. This matter is connected to another incident reported to us just after 10.30pm on October 2 when an anonymous report was received that three persons were trying to break into the rear of the shop.

Anyone with information with regards to either incident is asked to contact Pc Mark Strutt at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

A spokesman for Ipswich borough Council said: "Obviously we sympathise with the owners of Krusty's bakery but planning application fees are dictated by the government and by law we have to charge them."

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