Bakers hit by burglars who made off with Christmas party fund

Katherine Johnston (26 October, 2018) Crime

'It is hard enough operating as a small independent business without having to fork out money for insurance excess and loss of earnings'

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The smashed shop door

A bakery in Dulwich had its window smashed and staff Christmas party fund stolen, six weeks after an attempted burglary and eighteen months after a previous burglary.

Burglars made off with kitchen knives, an iPad, tea bags and cash set aside for the staff’s festive do from the Park Hall Road shop. The break-in is believed to have taken place during the night of Saturday, October 14.

Dulwich Bakery’s manager told the News that retailers in the West Dulwich area have been victim to repeated burglary attempts over the years – with the bakery also burgled in March of last year: “It is hard enough operating as a small independent business without having to fork out money for insurance excess and loss of earnings. Had to close Sunday to allow police to take finger prints.

“The emergency glazing companies really do take advantage of this sort of situation by quoting a price to come out and then springing a ‘call out charge’ on you of £180 once they arrive. The cost to board the shop door was £80 plus £180 call out charge.”

Police confirmed Southwark officers are investigating an incident between 3.30pm on Saturday, October 13, and 8:15 am on Sunday, October 14.

So far no arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting CAD 2360/14Oct or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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