Shop break-in is blow to owners

Damien Pearce and Nathaniel Woodward survey the damage done by raiders who smashed their way into Bring on the Bait, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, on Friday morning.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Damien Pearce and Nathaniel Woodward survey the damage done by raiders who smashed their way into Bring on the Bait, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, on Friday morning. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The owners of a fishing tackle shop in Sutton Bridge claim their lives have been “destroyed” by raiders who smashed their way in, stealing cash and fishing gear.

A gang raided Bring on the Bait in Bridge Road after smashing a window to get in and steal an estimated £2,500 worth of goods, including fishing reels, rods, seat boxes and a cash till.

The shop was targeted some time after 1am on Friday and co-owner Nathaniel Woodward said: “They came through the window and destroyed the place, leaving us in a right mess.

“Around £2,500 worth of stuff has gone, including 40 fishing reels, 35 rods, a till system, five seat boxes and £12 in petty cash.

“We closed the shop at 6.30pm on Thursday and there was a police officer outside the shop at about 1am when everything was in good order.”

A bakery next door to Bring on the Bait, Mitzy’s the Bakers, was also broken into where charity money meant for Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care was stolen.

A staff member, who asked not to be named, said: “A whole morning’s takings have been lost because of clearing up the mess after the break-in.”

Bring on the Bait opened last August and Nathaniel said: “We were doing really well, progressing and growing.

“But within hours, someone has destroyed our lives.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 22 of March 13.