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SIDMOUTH: Burglars strike china shop for second time in a month

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

RAIDERS made off with thousands of pounds worth of valuables, following a burglary at a Sidmouth china shop this week – the second time in a month the store has been targeted. Goviers of Sidmouth was hit by balaclava-clad burglars again in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when the offenders broke in through a boarded up door and stole valuable items of china and porcelain. The incident follows a previous burglary at the High Street shop earlier this month, when raiders swiped a quantity of expensive bowls and vases. A police spokesperson confirmed that the latest incident occurred at around 12.45am on Wednesday morning (May 21st), and said it was “quite likely” to be connected with the previous burglary. He said: “Offenders wearing balaclavas forced their way through the front door, which had been boarded up, at around 12.45 in the morning. They stole china and porcelain items. “We are currently investigating whether or not the incident is linked to the previous burglary, but obviously it is quite likely.” The police spokesperson said the value of the items stolen had been around £2,500, but a Goviers representative said the figure was over £24,000 – similar to the amount taken during the previous burglary. She confirmed that burglars had made off with a second load of valuables, including valuable Royal Crown Derby items. She added: “The door had been broken down from the previous burglary and had been boarded up, and in this latest incident more or less the same amount was taken as before. “Luckily the replacement door arrived after the second burglary so we didn’t need to purchase another new one.” At the time of going to press, Pulman’s View understands that no arrests had been made and police are continuing their investigations.


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