Thieves strike at shop in fi­nal days

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

THIEVES have been steal­ing stock from a Glouces­ter store while it is in its fi­nal days of trad­ing.

For the past week signs have been up in New Look telling shop­pers that it the store is mov­ing out of the premises in Brunswick Road.

Last week, store bosses con­firmed they are clos­ing it lead­ing to dis­ap­point­ment among city shop­pers. A 20 per cent dis­count is avail­able on some prod­ucts but there is no “ev­ery­thing must go” sale.

But the

Western Daily Press understands that shoplifters have been tar­get­ing the store over the past few days.

“A lot of stock has gone, there was a lot of shoplifters here on Satur­day,” a mem­ber of staff said.

CCTV is be­ing used as part of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the of­fences that have hap­pened.

A mem­ber of Glouces­ter’s City Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer team said one per­son was spot­ted steal­ing “thou­sands of pounds worth of stock” from the store.

“They think that be­cause the store is clos­ing down they can get away with it, but that’s not the case,” they said.

Coun­cil­lor Paul James (Lon­glevens), leader of the city coun­cil said he didn’t know what could hap­pen to the build­ing.

He said: “We’ve just got to wait and see what the owner in­ten­tions are for the build­ing. We would hope that they have other plans. We don’t want it to be empty for too long.”

But he was con­fi­dent the high street is “evolv­ing” adding that “re­tail still has a place in the city cen­tre”.

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