Owner’s fears as off-licence is targeted again

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A shop owner says she has to “work in fear” after her business was raided for the sixth time in six years.

Burglars managed to break through a complicated lock and roller shutters to gain access to Bargain Booze, on Chorley Road, Adlington, at around 3am on Thursday.

They stole cigarettes worth £500 and alcohol worth £100.

They also took the shop’s safe, but left it in the street as weights inside meant it was too heavy to lift.

The thieves caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the shop, which could not open until Thursday lunchtime.

Owner, Charlotte Bury, 24, said the shop had been targeted repeatedly in the six years since she took over.

She has already changed the shop’s opening hours to prevent future incidents.

And the door is locked at night, so staff have to let customers in when they arrive.

Charlotte said: “Each time it happens, we look at new ways of improving security and doing what we can to make everything as secure as possible.

“Now we have so much security that we don’t know what else to do. The only thing is going behind glass, but it’s drastic for a little village store.

“I think this was the fifth or sixth incident since I have been here. I have had armed robberies and break-ins.”

Charlotte believes this is a problem faced by traders across Adlington.

Charlotte, who lives in Coppull, said: “I think we are so close to the motorway network - we are the first village off the network.

“It’s all the retailers in the village that are targets.

“I seem to be targeted more than anything else, because I have an off-licence.

“It’s not fair. I work in fear.”

Police are investigating the burglary and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting log number 0082 on March 13.