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Family ‘overwhelmed’ with messages of support after thieves steal more than £5,000 of stock from their coastal shop

PUBLISHED: 08:48 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 June 2017

Thieves stole more than £5,000 of stock from The Kit Bag, East Runton. Manager Alison Cadman stands in the middle with her son George (left) and parents, owners Margaret and Ray Spinks (right). Picture: THE KIT BAG.

Thieves stole more than £5,000 of stock from The Kit Bag, East Runton. Manager Alison Cadman stands in the middle with her son George (left) and parents, owners Margaret and Ray Spinks (right). Picture: THE KIT BAG.

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A family from East Runton has thanked its customers and the local community for its support after thieves broke-in and stole more than £5,000 of stock from their outdoor clothing and equipment shop.

The Kit Bag in East Runton, north Norfolk. Picture: THE KIT BAG. The Kit Bag in East Runton, north Norfolk. Picture: THE KIT BAG.

Alison Cadman, manager of The Kit Bag, on High Street, said they had been “overwhelmed” with the messages they had received following last week’s burglary.

The shop is owned by Mrs Cadman’s parents, Ray and Margaret Spinks, and has been trading for more than 30 years. This is only the third time it has been targeted by thieves, but the first time to this scale.

Mrs Cadman said: “The police were really good and they sent someone round straightaway, but I don’t hold out a lot of hope with these things.

“The thieves took around £5,000 worth of stock and I am still totting it all up. I keep looking around at the empty shelves trying to work out what has gone. Thankfully we are insured.”

More than 100 Regatta jackets, fleeces, and trousers were stolen overnight between 5pm on Wednesday June 7 and 9.50am on Thursday June 8.

“They smashed their way in causing damage to a brick wall, locks, and the framework around the door,” Mrs Cadman added.

“Since it happened, we have had so many regulars coming in and from all over the country ringing us with messages of support. Local people have been popping in too and we’ve even had offers of help from local servicemen offering to fix the damage for us.

“People are just lovely and concerned and want to help.

“It’s just such a rare occurrence and a hassle but I think there’s a lot worse going on in the world. We are just grateful for the support we have received.”

Police are currently going through CCTV footage obtained from the scene and are appealing for information following the burglary.

- Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated, or anyone with information, should contact Norfolk police quoting the reference 36/43104/17 on 101.

- Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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