Businesses affected by a late-night burglary at Kersey Mill have come together in a show of unity.
A number of shops at the centre in Stone Street, Kersey, were targeted by raiders last Tuesday night.
Among the items stolen were cash, bottles of alcohol and a Fuji digital camera. Hair products, a pair of hair straighteners and gift packs containing cosmetics were also taken.
Amanda Hart, from women’s clothing boutique The Revival Exchange, said many of the traders were still in a state of shock.
“It is not only an atrocity and violation of all the hard work and commitment that the business owners here have tirelessly dedicated to their own business, but also towards the greater good of Kersey Mill,” she said.
“It was a cruel act, especially as so many shops were fully stocked for Christmas.”
Affected stores at the mill, including Rose Beauty Rooms salon, are now open again and Mrs Hart said this was largely thanks to community spirit.
“We have all rallied round to give what we can to each other and to salvage what we can for the lead-up to Christmas,” she said.
“We have pulled out all the stops to show our community that we will grow stronger from this.”
A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said the break-ins took place between 9.30pm and 11pm and it was believed three men were involved.
“Two men were seen to enter the premises, while another waited outside,” she said.
“They left the scene in a dark-coloured Audi A4.”
The spokeswoman added that a till tray taken in the burglaries was later found on the main road near to the junction with Lady Lane.
Calls in relation to this incident should be made to Pc Justin Wood at Hadleigh Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.