Anger as shop shuts af­ter police lost jew­ellery

‘We couldn’t keep it open any longer be­cause we had no money left’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Shop News - By Dan Wright

An an­gry mum has been forced to close her jew­ellery shop af­ter police of­fi­cers ad­mit­ted los­ing £38,000 of gold they seized as ev­i­dence.

Jill Archer, 54, had run the Gold Mine store in the lower High Street for 12 years but shut it for good ear­lier this month.

Of­fi­cers took the tray of gold from her now-de­funct Sit­ting­bourne shop in 2013 in con­nec­tion with an al­leged theft, but later ad­mit­ted los­ing the jew­ellery.

Mrs Archer said: “I tried to keep it open as long as I could, but we have had to shut the Ash­ford shop now.

“We have also had to sell our house, and I had an MRI scan last Christmas and it showed lots of bleeds on my brain, which is all be­cause of the stress of what has hap­pened.

“We want our money back and more needs to be done.”

Mrs Archer, who lives in Park Farm with her hus­band Fred and their teenage daugh­ter, fears the stress of try­ing to get her money back has caused her to have a mini-stroke.

She said: “I am not well at all and it has not been an easy time.

“I used to play net­ball three times a week and go swim­ming, but now I can’t use my right hand or leg any more.

“We couldn’t keep the Ash­ford shop open any longer be­cause we had no money left.

“We have lost the shops in Ash­ford and Sit­ting­bourne now.”

Kent Police spokesman Scar­let Jones says the force has ad­mit­ted los­ing the gold.

She said: “As pre­vi­ously stated, we in­ves­ti­gated this com­plaint and have taken full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the loss of Mrs Archer’s prop­erty from our Sit­ting­bourne prop­erty store.

“Com­pen­sa­tion will be paid to Mrs Archer when valid doc­u­men­ta­tion con­firm­ing the value of the items lost is pro­vided. This is re­quired for all claims when fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments are con­cerned.”

Mrs Archer says she has pro­vided the doc­u­men­ta­tion “sev­eral times”.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk

Jill Archer at Gold Mine Jew­ellers in Ash­ford in 2015 and, be­low, with hus­band Fred out­side the shop as it is to­day

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