Local businesses terrorised by thieve's

Several businesses were targeted in one night in what one local business owner described as a ‘wrecking spree’

Mrs McConachie, 56, who owns a five star fish and chip shop on the high street said ”Since we moved here eight years ago we’ve had our windows repeatedly broken. There’s been fire-bombings. We’re so used to alarms going off we don’t usually move from bed to look out. We need a police presence and we need CCTV cameras.”

Michail Harm, 41, of NE1 Menswear said: “I’ve been left £2,500 out of pocket following a recent spate of shoplifting and break-ins.”

Other traders admit they are considering moving due to crime and nuisance. They claim that police only direct resources at bigger towns so security costs then fall onto the small business owner.

A Police spokesman said a man was arrested in connection with the latest incidents which happened on March 12th. The 23-year-old was charged with four burglaries,three in Epworth and one in Westwoodside.