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Thieves target Weymouth businesses
10:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
VANDALS and thieves brought misery to Weymouth businesses in a spate of break-ins.
Premises in Lanehouse were targeted overnight on Thursday with four Portland businesses burgled earlier this month.
Alf’s Fish and Chips on Lynch Road was broken into and more than £1,100 was stolen, including around £200 which had been donated by customers to help local schools.
Owner John Pearce said it is disgraceful that the money for the children has been taken and will be offering a reward if the culprit is caught.
He said: “The money was being collected to help Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School and Conifers Primary School with their Christmas parties.
“We had been collecting for a few weeks and a lot of our local customers donated.
“It’s awful, I’m still in shock.
“The worst thing is we can replace our money because we’re insured but we can’t replace the children’s money.
“My wife Karen and I will replace it out of our own pocket.
“We will offer a reward for the conviction of the person who has done it.”
Business duo Jessica King and Zoe Wood have slammed vandals who smashed the windows of their three day old business the same night.
The pair opened Z J Beauty, a nail and spray tanning salon, on Lynch Lane just this week.
Ms King, of Abbotsbury Road, said they were 'devastated' to find the windows smashed yesterday morning.
The 35-year-old claims the act of vandalism could cost more than £500 to repair as well as valuable trading time while repair work is completed.
“I am absolutely devastated that this has happened after just three days of trading.
“I don't know who would do this, we are so very disappointed.
“Nothing was taken as we have security bars up behind the glass, but whoever did this wouldn't have seen them.”
The pair both moved to Weymouth more than 10 years ago to study a beauty course at Weymouth College.
Ms King added: “Zoe and I bumped into each other again around four years ago and as we are both single mums we decided to set up our own business.
“We are still really determined to make the salon a success and won't let whoever did this set us back.”
Dorset Motor Bodyworks on Lynch Lane were also burgled.
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