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Marshbrook shop owner reels at yet another break-in

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Thieves smashed their way into a clothes shop in Marshbrook, near Church Stretton, before running off with more than £6,000 worth of coats.

Richard Davies

The raid happened at Outdoor Clothing, adjacent to The Station Inn pub. The owner of the shop, Richard Davies, also owns Blazing Bikes next door to the clothes shop as well as the pub.

Richard Davies

He said it was the third time his businesses had been targeted in the past six months, with two previous break-ins at the bike shop resulting in the loss of £20,000 worth of stock.

Mr Davies said he believed that 'outsiders' coming in from the likes of Telford and Shrewsbury were responsible and added that he was coming to the end of his tether.

The latest break-in happened on Thursday night.

He said: "They must have been in here before because they seemed to know exactly what to grab.

"It is very frustrating.

"The insurance keep paying out to replace the lost stock but it's not just that, it's the damage they cause breaking in, too.

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"Replacing doors, windows, that costs thousands of pounds, too.

"You don't expect it in a lovely part of the world like this."

Mr Davies said he had been told by police that a woman from Telford and a man from Shrewsbury had been arrested shortly after the break-in.

West Mercia Police was unavailable for comment.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 0300 333 3000, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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