£75K shop raid

● Blow to busi­ness ● 150 alarms in haul ● £75,000 likely to­tal

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PO­LICE in Es­sex are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses af­ter an es­ti­mated £75,000 worth of fish­ing equip­ment was stolen from a tackle shop in Stansted that was al­ready fac­ing fi­nan­cial trou­bles.

Bur­glars broke into Stanstead Angling, in Lower Street, overnight by smash­ing the rear door us­ing a dumb­bell, and staff dis­cov­ered the crime when they opened up on Satur­day morn­ing.

The theft is an added blow to the busi­ness, which had been strug­gling last year due to the open­ing of a fish­ing mega­s­tore in the vicin­ity.

Ger­ald Har­vey, fa­ther of shop owner Steven, said: “The raiders broke in and com­pletely trashed the shop as well as steal­ing rods, reels and other equip­ment, in­clud­ing 150 bite alarms.

“We are still work­ing out our ex­act loss. It could be in the re­gion of £75,000, but for­tu­nately we are insured.

“They made a right mess of the place, dam­ag­ing a lot of the tackle, par­tic­u­larly the rods, try­ing to take them from their con­tain­ers.

“The shop is alarmed, but we are not sure that the alarm went off – the alarm com­pany are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, but we still can’t work out how no­body heard all the noise any­way.

“To get in at the back they had to break down some­one’s fence and then smash our door, which must have caused quite a racket.

“The cul­prits were caught on CCTV but were wear­ing hood­ies, so might be hard to iden­tify.

“In fact we were in dan­ger of clos­ing last year, but for­tu­nately the other store at Claver­ing was quickly shut, as the large com­pany got into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty,” he con­cluded.

Tackle stolen in­cluded bite alarms with over 100 Delkims, sev­eral Nash Sirens, ATT’s, plus other brands.

Kodex, Nash, Shi­mano, Daiwa, Greys and Wy­ch­wood carp rods were swiped, along with match rods from Dren­nan, Wy­ch­wood, and Kodex. Also taken were reels from Shi­mano, Nash and Wy­ch­wood, plus lots of ter­mi­nal tackle.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion, or any­one who has been of­fered any new tackle in the area, should call 101 and ask to speak to the Ut­tles­ford branch.

The ref­er­ence num­ber to quote is 42/39909/18. Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

● Bait do­na­tion – Les Web­ber’s Angling Projects, which helps kids into fish­ing, was de­lighted to re­ceive a hugely gen­er­ous do­na­tion from Bait-Tech. Les was ex­pect­ing 30 kg, but 20 times that ar­rived. He said:

“This will keep the kids in boilies for some while to come.”

■ Ran­sacked – thieves trashed the in­side of Stansted Angling.

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