£75K shop raid
● Blow to business ● 150 alarms in haul ● £75,000 likely total
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.