A CLOSE knit community of shops in Brighouse have been left in shock after they were targeted by thieves.
Three shops on Lightcliffe Road, opposite the The Crown pub, were victim of attacks that saw windows smashed, bricks thrown at the store fronts and attempts made to break in at the rear of the buildings.
Riaz Ahmed Khan, who owns B Medina Asian Takeaway, who had his front and rear window broken, and his security door bent in two, said it is not the first time that his shop has been attacked.
“I am shocked and disgusted with what has happened. Similar things have two or three times and is a long running problem.
“We are like a family in these shops and are always looking out for each other. It’s terrible it has happened to us.”
Vandals who entered the takeaway also left the cookers and hobs on causing gas to run through the shop overnight.
Mark Keenan, from Mark Fry Days fish and chip shop, said he was called at 6.15am yesterday saying that the shops had been broken into and damage to his shop.
“It could of been a lot worse with the gas being left on. There could of been a major explosion as it would of only taken a spark to set it off.
“We all support and serve the local people. The shops are very community orientated and we all work very hard. People I have seen said they are devastated with what has happened to us.”
Samantha Gerrard, of Green’s Bread shop, who had a large brick damage her shop front, said: “We can’t understand why they want to vandalise their own community. We have spent a lot of money doing them up and making the community look nice.
“Those who have done it our just wrecking their own community.”
Police officers were called to the shops yesterday morning after reports of damage to the front of shops.
Attempts were made to gain entry into all the shops, however, entry was only gained to the Medina takeaway, from which food and other items were stolen.
PC Liam Hay, community beat officer for the area, is continuing with the investigation.
Anyone who has information can contact PC Hay via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.