Ipswich: Vandals smash window in raid

IPSWICH: A shop owner today told of his dismay and shock after vandals smashed windows and pinched stock for the second time in a matter of months.

Health and fitness shop, Heroes, which is based in The Walk, in the town centre fell victim to vandalism last weekend, when windows were smashed during an overnight raid.

Police have issued an appeal for information about the incident, which is believed to have taken place between 5.30pm last Friday and 8.30am on Saturday.

Chris Fletcher-Lloyd, owner of the shop, told the Evening Star, that the break-in was an example of how hard it was to own a business in the town centre.

“They have smashed one of our windows and basically taken stock from the display at the front of the shop.

“It isn’t the first time something like this has happened unfortunately because we were targeted along with other shops earlier this year.

“It just makes running a business so difficult because replacing a window is so expensive in itself.”

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After smashing the window, which will cost more than �1,000 to replace, the mindless vandals stole around �60 worth of health supplements from the window display.

Des Westlake, manager of Heroes, added: “It is just depressing and not nice for staff to have to walk into work and see that this has happened again.

“It’s a shame that people don’t think about the damage they are doing before they just kick a window in.”

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact PC Jason King at the Ipswich Neighbourhood Response Team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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