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Appeal for information after ‘heartless’ shop robberies

POLICE are appealing for information after shops in Melksham were burgled last month and over £1,000 stolen.

Two charity shops and a butchers were robbed on the weekend of 11th  February, and other shops in Chippenham and Corsham were also ransacked.

Dorothy House and Wiltshire Mind on Church Street, and WJ Beaven butchers in Avon Place were all robbed for a total of approximately £1,200.

Community coordinator PC Hazel Anderson said,  “All of these incidents happened within the same time frame and we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.

“We are carrying out a number of enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in or around any of these premises during these times.

“I’d also like to encourage all retail premises to ensure they have taken the necessary steps to secure their businesses. These incidents have no doubt been extremely upsetting for the shop owners and the fact that so many charity shops have been targeted is both heartless and cruel.”

Beaven Butchers in Melksham High Street was broken into overnight between 12th  and 13th February and £80 was stolen from the till.

Wiltshire Mind was broken into during the same time period and a safe containing approximately £300 was stolen.

Dorothy House on Church Street was broken into between 11pm on 12th February and 12.15am on 13th February and approximately £800 cash and jewellery was stolen.

The Little Kitchen and the British Red Cross in Corsham were also robbed, as well as Jolly’s Cafe and Dorothy House in Chippenham.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.