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Thieves Target Wombwell

Monday March 25 2013

Wombwell by Susan Quinn Wombwell by Susan Quinn

THIEVES broke into a Wombwell charity shop yards away from the police station - and stole just 10p.

Age UK was one of a number of shops targeted by thieves in which the familiar signs of a roof break-in were evident.

Staff at the shop opened up on Monday morning to find a large hole in the roof but noticed nothing had been stolen except 10p from a collection box.

A similar scene was discovered by staff at The Fish Bar - a hole in the roof but nothing more than 30p from the till was taken.

However, the result was far more devastating for the Age UK Barnsley shop next to Linda's Café.

Like others, staff at the shop discovered a large hole in the roof, but also that the safe had been stolen - which had £600 inside from Friday and Saturday's trading.

"I can't think how they would have removed it, especially without damaging the tiles," said Susan Aylward, the shop's assistant manager. 

"It was bolted so deeply I can't even get my finger to the bottom of the hole. They also managed to break through the steel door at the back of the shop."

Susan suggested the thieves may have gained entry to the row of buildings via the 'Wombwell Arch' railings leading onto Pearsons Field.

But Cllr Margaret Morgan said she would be very upset if the arch was being used by would-be thieves to gain access to roofs.

"It (the arch) was done with love and affection and everyone admires it. I think it's a very beautiful piece of artwork made by our children and I would hate to think it's linked with anything of that nature," she said.

The break-ins are the latest in series - mostly identified by ceiling entries - that have been ongoing since Christmas.

The Lounge Salon on Station Road had been broken into twice in one week and about £5,000 of goods had been stolen from The Fone Shop on High Street.

In February, some traders suggested hiring a security guard to patrol the High Street and Station Road, paid for by the subscription of businesses - but this was not welcomed by the High Street Committee.

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Reply Posted by Andrea Summers on Thursday March 28 2013 at 00:30
Temple Gym was broken into a few days back. Akrams Chemist. The Fancy Dress shop. Tondeuse hairdressers. The majority of these businesses are self employed. The thieves cause hundreds if not thousands of pounds worth of damage. These self employed Business people have too 'suck it up', as they are broken into that often and can't afford a rise in Business insurance premiums.Some very drastic needs do to help These Business people.....before Wombwell becomes a ghost town.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday March 29 2013 at 22:24
if it is anything to do with the arch, it has been a long time coming. i remember to criticism of it when it was first built. easy access to the rooftop of the bank. i know its wonderful and thoughtful and i appreciate it as much as the rest of us, but it has been an accident waiting to happen. too easy for kids/thieves to climb. and the number and frequency of the break ins just emphasises the kind of people that live in our area. i'm wombwell born and bred, so i think my criticism is justifiable. too many people living under the breadline, looking for trouble to make ends meet, and i do sympathise with them, but taking it out on local business is not the way forward.

Reply Posted by troy on Saturday March 30 2013 at 01:46
They are local scum bags.
Being hard up does not give you the right to break into business or private premises and wreak havoc and thieve.
For hard up, read, havent got a new phone, massive TV, drug, cig booze money, poor deprived me.
They should be named and shamed when found, locked up and punished in a tough jail in India, we export a lot of work to India lets pay them to have our low lifes too, cos they would do a good job, they wouldnt be mollycoddled there.
Be worth every penny!

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday March 30 2013 at 11:18
Troy,all they will get is community service cutting the grass in the graveyard!
I'd make em wear a sandwich board in the town centre saying I am a thief for 8 hours every Saturday for six months!

ipso Regulated