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Businesses speak of shock after concrete block used to break into menswear shop

PUBLISHED: 16:37 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:54 24 September 2018

Decorum Menswear in Holt was broken into. Picture: David Bale

Decorum Menswear in Holt was broken into. Picture: David Bale

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Neighbouring businesses have spoken of their shock after a concrete block was used to break into a menswear shop in Holt.

One part of Decorum Menswear in the High Street, which is split into two separate shops, is now boarded-up after thieves targeted the store in the early hours of Monday, September 24.

Thieves used a stolen car to escape with thousands of pounds worth of designer menswear from the business.

It was broken into at about 12.30am and a large amount of clothing and accessories was stolen.

Brands included Ted Baker, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Diesel.

Neighbouring businesses said how unusual it was for such a crime to occur in the popular and quiet Georgian town.

Cheryl Howell, manager of next-door business, Starlings, said: “It’s quite unusual for Holt and you don’t see much crime here. Hopefully, it’s a one-off, so I’m not going to sit ad worry about it. We are fairly secure here.”

Martyn Baum, group residential manager at nearby business, Arnolds Keys, added: “It’s very unusual for Holt.”

A woman at a nearby flat, who did not wish to be named, said she was woken by her husband, just after midnight.

She said: “We heard the banging. Concrete was thrown through the door to get in to the shop.”

Police believe the suspects escaped in a white Audi A1 which was stolen from Rouen Road in Norwich between 6pm on Monday, September 17 and 8am on Tuesday, September 18.

DC Kevin Maskell said: “I would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the Holt area around the time of the incident. I would also be keen to hear from anyone who may be offered brand new designer clothes for sale at car boot sales or on social media.”

Store owner Scott Foreman was contacted by the EDP but said he was too busy to comment considering what had happened. The store was closed following the raid.

People also said on Facebook how unusual it was for a shop to be broken into in Holt.

Anyone with information should call DC Kevin Maskell at Great Yarmouth CID on 101.

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