Owners of a family-run Thetford business appeal for person who damaged their sign to come forward

The owners of Thetford Carpet Warehouse are asking for the person who damaged their sign to come for

The owners of Thetford Carpet Warehouse are asking for the person who damaged their sign to come forward. Picture: Gemma Tilly - Credit: Archant

The owners of a small family-run business have asked the person who kicked-in their shop sign to come forward, apologise and to pay for the damage.

The owners of Thetford Carpet Warehouse are asking for the person who damaged their sign to come for

The owners of Thetford Carpet Warehouse are asking for the person who damaged their sign to come forward. Picture: Gemma Tilly - Credit: Archant

CCTV at the Thetford Carpet Warehouse on Old Market Street captured a man force his foot through the company's sign at 9.42pm last night (Friday) before heading off along the residential street with, it is believed, four other people.

Damage caused to the sign at Thetford Carper Warehouse. Picture: Gemma Tilly

Damage caused to the sign at Thetford Carper Warehouse. Picture: Gemma Tilly - Credit: Archant


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Gemma Tilly, who has owned the business along with her husband, Brett, for seven years, has called the incident 'mindless and selfish'.

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She said: 'It is just completely unprovoked. There is only myself, my husband and my brother who work here and we have worked hard over that time to get a good reputation and for somebody to do that, they have no idea how much it costs.

'They have no respect. It is a mindless and selfish thing to do.'

The 34-year-old said all she would like is for the man to come forward and offer to pay for the damage - which she has estimated at around £500 - and no further action will be taken.

'We are reasonable people,' she said. 'If he was to come forward and say it was a moment of madness and pay for the replacement then that would be accepted.

'An apology would be nice as well.

'We will contact the police if we do not hear anything from people.'

Mrs Tilly said when she and her husband woke up this morning they logged on to the CCTV via their mobile phones and saw the hole in the gate.

She said she believes there were five people there at the time because she could see four other shadows.

She added: 'They aren't going to gain anything. I don't know if people get satisfaction from doing this sort of thing?

'I am sure his parents would be very proud if they knew what he was getting up to on a Friday night.'

The man in the video is carrying a backpack and appears to be wearing jeans.

Mrs Tilly said if the person would like to come forward he could do so by walking into the shop - which is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm -or calling the shop number on 01842 760598.

Did you see the incident or having any information? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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