Police search CCTV to catch Nelson shop raiders

Manageress of the M&T Butchers Sandra Gruchalska which has been broken into recently
Manageress of the M&T Butchers Sandra Gruchalska which has been broken into recently

Police are investigating after two town centre businesses became the victim of break-ins in the space of just over 24 hours.

Firstly, between 8pm on Monday and 5am on Tuesday, thugs smashed their way into the M. and T. Polish butchers in the Victory Centre before making away with around £300.

These people work really hard but they’ve had to close their business for the morning while they clean up and repair the damage, which is obviously going to cost them money

Caretaker Stuart Cowgill

It was the third time the centre has been broken into in just five weeks.

Then, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Kate’s Kitchen, situated across the road from the Victory Centre in Scotland Road, was broken into with thieves making away with petty cash and some stock.

The incident comes just over a month after vandals broke into the empty former Shafi store at the Leeds Road end and caused over £10,000-worth of damage by attacking a series of empty shops.

Victory Centre caretaker Stuart Cowgill was first to notice the damage to the butchers when he turned up for work at 5-30am on Tuesday.

He said: “I came in to work and noticed the broken window and glass all over the floor.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see the Victory Centre broken into three times in five weeks.

“These people work really hard but they’ve had to close their business for the morning while they clean up and repair the damage, which is obviously going to cost them money.”

“I hope the police catch those responsible.”

Sgt Shaun Pearson, of Pendle Police, says investigations are ongoing and believes the two incidents are linked.

He said: “It’s been quite some time since we’ve had two break-ins so close together in terms of time and location, because of that we believe they’re linked.

“At the moment we’re looking at town centre CCTV images in our pursuit to try and catch those involved.”