Booze burglars ‘drop’ into shop from flat above

Burglars have stolen cigarettes and alcohol from Simply Food and Drinks in Hornby Road by breaking in through the flat above.

Burglars have stolen cigarettes and alcohol from Simply Food and Drinks in Hornby Road by breaking in through the flat above.

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Hoteliers and businesses in Blackpool say they are being plagued with crime after a series of break-ins.

Police are investigating a number of burglaries in the Talbot area.

Burglars have stolen cigarettes and alcohol from Simply Food and Drinks in Hornby Road by breaking in through the flat above.

Burglars have stolen cigarettes and alcohol from Simply Food and Drinks in Hornby Road by breaking in through the flat above.

In the latest incident, thieves went to a massive effort to break into Simply Food and Drinks on Hornby Road for a haul of cigarettes and alcohol.

The culprits smashed a window to the flat above the shop in the early hours of last Monday, and were able to get inside.

From there, they ripped up a section of carpet, pulled up the floorboards and cut their way down into the shop below.

They stole the store’s entire stock of cigarettes, several bottles of alcohol and the safe which contained a small amount of cash.

The manager, who has not been named, said: “When I saw the ceiling had caved in I thought there had been a leak. Then I saw the cigarette gantry and realised there had been a break in. There was quite a lot of destruction in the shop.

“It was just a random attack but we’ve heard there have been a few in the area. It’s not nice.”

Also targeted was the Calypso hotel on Albert Road, where thieves broke in through an open window and stole a safe containing £50.

Manager Andy Lewis said; “Fortunately staff living upstairs heard a noise and investigated. They disturbed the suspects, who did a runner.

“There’s a few of us who have been broken into, but we’re quite resilient up here. It is dreadful though.”

Charlie Docherty, chairman of Central Holiday Area Pact, there had been up to seven incidents of break ins over the last couple of weeks.

“It’s concerning,” he said.

“We don’t want this happening on our doorsteps, and there is a lot of anger and frustration at what’s going on and we’re all worried that these people are on our streets.

“We’re looking around and reporting anything suspicious, but we just don’t know where they’re going to target next.”

Police say there have been 15 more burglaries in the Talbot area compared with the same time last year.
Other break-ins include incidents at the Beechfield Hotel and Cadeby Lodge, both on Hornby Road, and the Sutcliffe Hotel on Albert Road where suspects stole a safe from the bar area, a television and a DVD player.
Blackpool Central Geographic Insp Jason Richardson said: “We have spoken to several individuals about these break ins and enquiries are ongoing.”