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Spalding newsagent is the victim of lockdown raiders




A newsagents has been attacked by raiders twice in less than a month. Classic News owners Asgar Vanparekh and Abbas Laxmidhar have been forced to put additional security measures on the exterior of their historic Market Place shop following the latest incidents.

Thieves smashed a pane of glass in the door to get into the store on January 26 to raid the till and other items, and that was followed by another attempt on Monday last week.

Mr Vanparekh and Mr Laxmidhar were forced to close their Sheep Market branch of Classic News a couple of years ago after it became unviable following regular break-ins.

Asgar Vanparekh at Classic News in Spalding's Market Place after anothe break-in (44390385)
Asgar Vanparekh at Classic News in Spalding's Market Place after anothe break-in (44390385)

Mr Vanparekh said: “We have been running this shop for 10 years and never had a problem until last year.

“We had a break-in during the first lockdown and this one has happened in this lockdown.”

“We are already struggling as a business and this is an extra burden. People are not coming into town so there isn’t the footfall.

Damage caused by burglars at Classic News in Spalding.
Damage caused by burglars at Classic News in Spalding.

“This is the last thing we need.”

In April last year, raiders stole cigarettes worth at least £1,500 along with £120 in cash when the newsagents was hit.

During the early hours of January 26 this year , burglars smashed a glass pane to get into the shop before ripping open the till to get cash and other items.

Two weeks later, someone tried to smash the shop window, which has resulted in some damage, but thankfully they did not get into store.

Since then the owners have installed grills on the shop doors and windows.



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