September 30th, 2016

Bromsgrove business owners call for more ‘bobbies’ on the beat

Bromsgrove business owners call for more ‘bobbies’ on the beat Bromsgrove business owners call for more ‘bobbies’ on the beat
Jay Albutt, manager of the Carpet and Bed Centre is calling for more police to patrol the area after a spate of criminal damage. Photo by Marcus Mingins
Updated: 4:35 pm, May 05, 2016

BUSINESS owners in Bromsgrove are calling for more ‘bobbies’ on the beat on Worcester Road after a spate of criminal damage to their shop fronts, costing hundreds of pounds.

Windows were smashed over the weekend (April 29 to May 1) as vandals went on the rampage but nothing was stolen leading business owners frustrated and potentially out of pocket.

Staff arrived to open the doors to the Sugar Craft Emporium on Sunday morning to find the front had been shattered.

Jay Albutt, the manager of the Carpet and Bed Centre, found the same had been done to his store overnight when he went to open up on Monday.

He said: “Nothing was taken it is just the windows that have been smashed but that leaves it open for others to come a steal things.

“The store is now boarded up. It just looks horrible.

“There are fights out on that road all the time.

“Youngsters come stumbling out of the nightclub drunk and end up in fights.

“There is now talk of a petition to get more police paroling the area.

“There just aren’t enough police.”

Mr Albutt expects the window to cost about £600 to replace but could cost a lot more.

Insp Richard Leek said: “We will be working with the people in the town to try and catch these offenders.

“To cover the area at about 3am, when they would do it, would be a matter for patrol and is something that will be discussed at a meeting set up for another issue.

“There is already a lot of police patrolling the area.”

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