Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
Bradford city centre shop opening delayed by raid
A mobile-shop owner has had to delay opening a new branch in Bradford city centre after raiders ransacked his shop causing loss of stock and damage to the tune of £2,000.
They stole £1,000 of goods and smashed the window and a cabinet at the Mobile Zone shop in Ivegate.
Business owner Rizwan Mohammed, who also runs Iphone Plus in Ivegate, is now calling for more security patrols in the city centre as his shop opening will have to be delayed by two months while he gets the cash together to get it fixed and replace his lost stock.
Mr Mohammed, who discovered the break-in when he arrived at the shop at 10am yesterday, said the raiders had smashed their way in through a side window.
He said he had been told it was one of a number of burglaries in the city centre in the last few days.
“They have taken satellite navigation systems and phones and this has just affected me so much,” said Mr Mohammed.
“Obviously it is a big hit for us because it was going to open on Monday but now this has happened.
“They have taken all my stock, or most of it.
“I think the window being broken will cost about £700, the cabinet £400 and the phones about £1,200 to replace.
“This is another raid in the city centre – how can somebody think of doing business here? Now we will not open Monday as planned, but in the next two months, because I can’t make enough money to pay for the stock again.
“I have got another shop to run and have to pay business rates and rent for the one just broken into.
“I feel very insecure in Bradford – we need more CCTV cameras and more security.”
Inspector Victoria Lawrance, who leads the City Centre NPT, said: “We take all reports of business crime very seriously and any incidents are investigated thoroughly.
“In the last week we have arrested three people and charged two more with burglary offences in the city centre.
“We also have the highest detection rate in the division and are massively under target – 300 crimes fewer – than this time last year.
“This is all down to the hard work of my officers, our Offender Management Unit and the work we do in partnership with City Centre Beat. We will continue to focus our resources in the city centre, using high-visibility patrols to target the minority responsible for these offences.”
Comments are closed on this article.