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CRIME: Bike shop burglars make off with £10,000 haul

Neil Holman, owner of George Hall's Cycle Centre in Northampton Road, Harborough, which was broken into on Monday.

Neil Holman, owner of George Hall's Cycle Centre in Northampton Road, Harborough, which was broken into on Monday.

 

A gang of at least three burglars smashed their way into a town bicycle shop last night (Monday) and stole up to £10,000 worth of stock.

The burglary happened at George Hall’s Cycle Centre, in Northampton Road, Harborough, between about 11pm last night and 5am this morning (Tuesday).

The shop’s owner Neil Holman, pictured, said the thieves broke into the shop via neighbouring roofs, smashing their way in through a high, rear window and an iron security grille.

“They stole 22 bikes, and must have been here at least half-an-hour, because they would have had to partly dismantle the bikes to get them through the window,” he said.

He added that the gang would have needed a big Transit-style van to transport the haul.

He said police, who have attended the scene, believed at least three burglars were involved, because of three sets of muddy footprints found in the shop.

“I’m shocked, I’m angry and I’m a bit numb,” said Mr Holman. “Someone said to me this morning that I’ve done a lot for the local community, and this is how I’m paid back.

“But I’m trying to remember this might not be people from the local community.

“All I can say is that I’ve been here for 29 years, and we’ve never been broken into like this.”

Anyone who heard a noise or saw a van in the immediate area last night or this morning is being urged to call police on the 101 number.

Mr Holman said other bike shops in the area should now be on alert, in case this was the first of a spate of bike shop burglaries.

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