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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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North Cumbrian butcher to step up security after raid on shop

A butcher says he will install CCTV and a new alarm system to ward off burglars after meat worth £6,000 and a van were stolen.

Barry Shaw photo
Barry Shaw

Barry Shaw, owner of Shaw Meats, recently moved his business from Wigton to Aspatria.

The change of scenery had been positive for the business until a burglary took place between 5pm on Saturday and 7.25pm on Sunday.

Thieves forced open a door to the premises then stole high-value cuts of meat from a walk-in-fridge.

The contents included beef and up to 100kg of chicken.

The offenders then found the keys to a white LDV Maxus van and made off in it.

Mr Shaw is now stepping up security to make sure the business isn’t hit again.

He said: “Somebody has broken in on Saturday night and raided the stock fridge.

“If beef’s not ready it isn’t ready and we have got a busy weekend coming up as well. It’s a nightmare.

“The police have quite openly said we won’t get the meat back and we’ll just have to wait to see what happens next.

“It has left us a bit short really.”

Mr Shaw confirmed that the company will be installing a new security system and speaking to police about what other measures they can take to stop further burglaries and thefts.

The incident happened only three weeks after the firm opened its new premises at Aspatria Business Park.

The new shop allows the company to hang meat for longer, which Mr Shaw believes results in a higher-quality product.

He said he had expected a difficult few weeks after moving but is delighted with the response from residents and customers.

Mr Shaw said: “We try to keep it as local as possible. Most people hang their meat for two to three weeks but we do it for four to five.

“I learned 26 years ago with local butchers and that’s how we used to do it then.

“Customers have come back to us and said it’s the best beef they have ever had.

“The support we have had from the local people has been brilliant, far better than we expected.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for information regarding the incident and anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the area to get in contact with them.”

Anyone with information can contact Cumbria police on 101, quoting reference CP-20140420-0250.

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