Owner scared yobs off af­ter ham­mer at­tack

Leek Post & Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Bur­nett news­[email protected]­p­o­stand­times.co.uk

A SHOP­KEEPER has been left £2,500 out of pocket – af­ter yobs smashed his win­dow with a ham­mer in the early hours of the morn­ing.

Hasan Al­tun­dal, along with his wife and baby daugh­ter, was sleep­ing in his flat above Cor­ner Ex­press in Leek when two men smashed the front win­dow of the off-li­cence in an ap­par­ent bid to break-in.

The 28-year-old, who opened the busi­ness in the Stafford­shire Moor­lands town around three years ago, jumped out of bed and shouted at the the raiders – who fled the scene.

Now Hasan has shared CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent – which took place on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12 – and has urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to get in touch.

He said: “It was 10 past two in the morn­ing. We were sleep­ing up­stairs and woke up to a bang­ing noise.

“He was smash­ing the win­dow with a ham­mer.

“I opened the win­dow and shouted ‘what are you do­ing?’ and they just ran off.

“My wife and lit­tle girl were both scared. I called the po­lice af­ter about ten sec­onds.”

Po­lice ar­rived at the scene 25 min­utes later and, de­spite search­ing the area, could not trace the sus­pects.

Hasan has now paid £1,000 for a new win­dow and £1,500 for a new shut­ter to pre­vent the shop, on the cor­ner of Ball Haye Street and Rose Bank Street, be­ing tar­geted again.

He added he had pre­vi­ously run a shop in Bad­de­ley Green, and this was the first time some­thing like this had hap­pened since he opened his busi­ness in Leek.

Hasan said: “We de­cided to set up here be­cause it is a small English town. It is very quiet. That is why we came here.

“Leek is a very nice town and now this has hap­pened.”

A Stafford­shire Po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed they were con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate.

She said: “We were called at 2.15am on Mon­day Novem­ber 12, to a re­port of crim­i­nal dam­age at Cor­ner Ex­press on Rose­bank Street in Leek.

“Two of­fend­ers ap­proached the premises, and one used a ham­mer to smash the main win­dow of the shop.

“They fled in the di­rec­tion of Bux­ton Road, then to­wards the town cen­tre. In­quiries are on-go­ing.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Stafford­shire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 45 of Novem­ber 12.

Of­fi­cers are now view­ing CCTV and mak­ing lo­cal en­quiries in an ef­fort to iden­tify the two of­fend­ers. Any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or saw any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the lo­cal area at that time is asked to con­tact Stafford­shire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 45 of Novem­ber 12.

Cor­ner Ex­press with a boarded up win­dow af­ter the at­tempted break-in. Above, CCTV im­ages of the at­tack.

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