Hadleigh fashion retailer ransacked in night-time burglary
The owner of a designer fashion retailer has expressed his frustration after his store was targeted in a burglary, just weeks before Christmas.
Hall Street in Hadleigh, which sells high-end clothing brands for men, was broken into on Friday at 2.35am.
Burglars gained entry by smashing the front door before ransacking the store.
Owner Sean Garnham said the break-in had taken its toll on the business, which is gearing up for the festive season.
“We are entering our busiest time of the year, so it is a setback,” he said.
“The main thing is that we are being supported by our partners, suppliers and brands that we work with.
“Our suppliers are helping us out where they can; they are trying to give us stock to replenish what we have lost.”
Mr Garnham was alerted to the incident by a neighbour who heard the alarm.
Despite the impact on the business, Mr Garnham is determined to continue trading in preparation for the Christmas period.
“It could have been worse, that’s the one thing I keep trying to remain positive about,” he said.
The business had just recovered from a similar burglary at its branch in Long Melford last year.
Mr Garnham cited similar incidents which have recently taken place in the county, including the spate of ram-raids, which he described as concerning.
“It seems interesting that these incidents happen with a similar modus operandi,” he said.
Mr Garnham, who is chairman of the Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wool Towns Association (WTA), said the incidents only serve to have a negative impact on the town.
“One of the objectives of those groups is attracting interest from a local perspective and this is clearly not in keeping with what we are trying to achieve,” he added.
Anyone who has information should contact Ipswich CID by calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 37/67669/18.
Alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111, or via an online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.