North Leeds: Warning over town burglary

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The owners of a Wetherby shop that fell victim to a burglary have appealed to the community for any information and warned other businesses in the area to be aware.

West Yorkshire Police are investigating after Cameron Beaumont opticians on North Street, Wetherby was ram raided in the early hours of the morning of Monday August 17. Police were called to the scene at 4.10am when a member of the public reported damage to the front of the property.

Co-owner Neil Beaumont said: “The overall sensation was shock and disbelief that it could happen in Wetherby, in a small market town, where nothing like this has happened to us before.

“It is more than disappointing the fact that people could do this.

“There is CCTV opposite the practice and we are hopeful that will come up with some answers. It’s just whether or not anyone saw anything suspicious. I’d love to think if anyone saw anything they would get in touch. We want to make local businesses aware because we are part of the business association. It is part of making people aware and warning other businesses. We also want to let our patients know that it is business as usual.”

Police have said that a large object, believed to be a vehicle, was used to force entry to the front of the shop, where thousands of pounds worth of stock was stolen. The shop has operated in Wetherby since 1976 and has many regular customers. Staff at the practice are said to be devastated after the impact of the broken entry caused substantial damage to the shop’s front display, which has only just been refurbished.

General manager Jacqui Leach said: “Having recently had our practice totally modernised and refitted, our whole team was devastated at the destruction of our window and display shelves.

“Our regular clients will be aware of our beautiful window displays.” Anyone with information about this offence is asked to call Leeds District Police via 101.