Cash and watches stolen in raid at Timpson store in Cheltenham
A CHELTENHAM shop manager has spoken of his shock after turning up at work to find his business had been broken into.
Cash, watches and credit card receipts were stolen in the burglary at key-cutters and watch repair firm Timpson, in Bath Road.
Manager Chris Poolton, 55, said he had only returned to run the store after being away for four months working at the Monmouth branch.
“It is my first week back, so it’s not a great return,” he said.
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“It seems as if they kicked the panel of the front door in and managed to get to the safe. They took about £300 cash, credit card receipts and wristwatches.
“I couldn’t open the shop because the damage to the door meant the entrance wasn’t safe.
“And we had to wait for forensics to arrive too, so we have also lost business.”
Other traders in the area spoke of their concerns about the break-in. Bob Webley, who runs The Corner Shop, a few doors away from Timpson, said: “We had the glass in our windows kicked through three times a few years back.
“But they can’t now as I’ve got strengthened glass.
“And I barricade my windows with a huge plank of mahogany. So I haven’t had any break-ins for four or five years now.”
The landlord of the Five Alls, Nick Townsend, said a break-in at one of the street’s shops affects all the traders.
He said: “We’ve got our own group, The Bath Road Traders, and we’re like a big family.
“We’re all working together to bring the area up, and it is coming up.” Angela Malvern, who works at lifestyle and gift shop Inside Out said: “It would be good to see more of a presence by the police. It really is an up and coming street these days, but perhaps more patrols, particularly at night would be useful.”
Police spent today at the scene of the crime, sending in a forensics team. A spokesman said: “The burglary happened at some point between 5.30pm on Wednesday and 8am on Thursday.
“If anyone has any further information, please call Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident number 83 of September 12.”