Bridal shop raided just weeks be­fore it’s due to open for business

Oldham Advertiser - - NEWS - RICHARD WHEATSTONE richard.wheatstone@men­media.co.uk @RichW_MEN

WED­DING dresses worth some £10,000 were stolen when thieves stripped a bridal shop bare – be­fore it had even opened for business.

Mum-of-one Jackie Di­jon, 38, says her dream of run­ning her own wed­ding bou­tique has now been oblit­er­ated be­fore it could even be­come a re­al­ity after thugs ran­sacked the store which was due to open in the new year. The crooks com­pletely cleared out Be­spoke Wed­ding Bou­tique, on Old­ham Road, Failsworth.

They even pil­fered tea, sugar and toi­let rolls, along with 15 wed­ding dresses and more than £5,000 of evening wear and ac­ces­sories. Po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the break-in. Ms Di­jon, from Mos­ton, was pre­par­ing for life after her cur­rent ca­reer as a singer but said the raid had left her new business ‘in tat­ters’.

She said: “I am truly heartbroken. I’d put my heart and soul into get­ting this off the ground and now I’m hav­ing to start again from scratch be­fore I’ve even had chance to open.

“Things were shap­ing up re­ally well, we even had a cou­ple of book­ings from ladies who’d seen us do­ing the ren­o­va­tions as they passed by and wanted to get their dresses be­fore we were of­fi­cially open for business.

“The hard­est part has been ring­ing them and telling them their dresses have gone.

“I’ve been a singer for a long time but I’m com­ing to­wards the end now and I was ready to start a new chap­ter in my life – it was a dream of mine that was fi­nally hap­pen­ing.

“But they’ve taken ev­ery­thing, from tea and sugar right down to the ra­di­a­tors, I can’t be­lieve how been.”

A neigh­bour­ing shop dis­cov­ered the raid as they opened up on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 4.

The thieves had smashed their way through an ex­ter­nal gate and the front door be­fore ran­sack­ing the shop.

Prom dresses, shoes, tiaras and veils were also stolen.

The bou­tique – near the junc­tion with Ash­ton

ruth­less

they’ve Road West – had been set to open on Mon­day, Jan­uary 5.

Po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing to see if they can track down the crooks and have asked brides-to-be and other busi­nesses to be wary of sus­pect bar­gains.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the theft should call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

●● Be­spoke Wed­ding Bou­tique owner Jackie Di­jon

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