Ten firms lose thousands of pounds in stock to 'professional gang' of raiders who took out CCTV cameras

Paul White

Police officers attend the robbery at Denholme Business Centre

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Professional burglars have been blamed for a raid on a business centre where ten firms were targeted by intruders who first knocked out a security system.

One company lost stock worth £6,000 and others also suffered substantial losses, with many of the firms at Denholme Business Centre, on Halifax Road, uninsured and having to absorb the losses.

Police said the raid happened at about 1am yesterday when the CCTV system covering the premises was damaged and a tool used to force shutter doors open on units inside.

The damage was found by security officials who turned up later in the morning and they contacted police, who were still examining the scene for possible evidence last night.

Businessman Sarbjit Nanglu, who runs the Bronte Auto Centre, said he had lost stock valued at about £6,000 which was made up mainly of Snap on tools.

He was surprised that the alarm had not been raised when the security cameras stopped operating as the raid got under way, he said.

“They have casually taken everything. It is very surprising and we are all convinced it is someone who knows their way around the place,” he said.

Entry to the building had been gained via toilets, before a security centre was attacked to disable the cameras, he said.

But the criminals had outwitted other security devices, including infra-red beams which detect movement, to steal goods and successfully escape.

Cabinet maker Paul White said his ground-floor workshops were searched, but his tools and equipment were untouched and only a £100 radio stolen.

“I was really lucky, because some people have lost stock worth thousands of pounds. I think it was a professional gang involved,” he said.

Val Robinson, who has run Denholme Pets Emporium at the site for the past two years, said they had lost about £1,000 in stock, with the raiders targeting small high-value items.

“In some ways we are quite lucky because they have only taken small items and they didn’t smash things up, which could quite easily have happened,” she said.

“They got into ours through other units. I gather they have not taken anything from some units, but have just wrecked them.

“We are a new business, we have only been here for two years. A lot of people have started to use the business centre, people in the village welcome it because it has brought some employment.”

No comment was available from the centre’s management last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact them on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555444, where information can be left anonymously.

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9:22am Wed 28 May 14

sorrow&anger says...

Yet more crime in Bradford targeting small businesses. Unless something is done about this the Council's whole Producer City pipe dream will never get off the ground.

Unless Bradford fixes the basics, – crime, dereliction, health, education –, industry will never invest here.
Yet more crime in Bradford targeting small businesses. Unless something is done about this the Council's whole Producer City pipe dream will never get off the ground. Unless Bradford fixes the basics, – crime, dereliction, health, education –, industry will never invest here. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 27

12:35pm Wed 28 May 14

shaunp2112 says...

Begs the question why the security company involved weren't aware. With technology available these days they can remotely access the CCTV feed and pay one operative at a central location to monitor it. Then, when seeing the cameras had stopped working should phone the police and their own response units. Not professions at all.
Begs the question why the security company involved weren't aware. With technology available these days they can remotely access the CCTV feed and pay one operative at a central location to monitor it. Then, when seeing the cameras had stopped working should phone the police and their own response units. Not professions at all. shaunp2112
  • Score: 14

2:00pm Wed 28 May 14

Grumpygirl says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Yet more crime in Bradford targeting small businesses. Unless something is done about this the Council's whole Producer City pipe dream will never get off the ground.

Unless Bradford fixes the basics, – crime, dereliction, health, education –, industry will never invest here.
Stories like this do Bradford no favours. Producer City is just more talk and hype to cover up the lack of progress and action. Any day now there will be a glossy report. The Council have no idea what to do about revitalising Bradford. Even when they get a golden opportunity like Buck Lane or the Odeon they make a mess of it.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Yet more crime in Bradford targeting small businesses. Unless something is done about this the Council's whole Producer City pipe dream will never get off the ground. Unless Bradford fixes the basics, – crime, dereliction, health, education –, industry will never invest here.[/p][/quote]Stories like this do Bradford no favours. Producer City is just more talk and hype to cover up the lack of progress and action. Any day now there will be a glossy report. The Council have no idea what to do about revitalising Bradford. Even when they get a golden opportunity like Buck Lane or the Odeon they make a mess of it. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 8

2:48pm Wed 28 May 14

bluebluerobin says...

I agree. I think it's a sort of vicious circle. The unemployment breeds the crime and the crime keeps the jobs out of Bradford. The solution is obvious, the Council and the Police must reduce the crime. What is stopping them from doing their jobs?
I agree. I think it's a sort of vicious circle. The unemployment breeds the crime and the crime keeps the jobs out of Bradford. The solution is obvious, the Council and the Police must reduce the crime. What is stopping them from doing their jobs? bluebluerobin
  • Score: 6

3:07pm Wed 28 May 14

999 number of the beast says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
I agree. I think it's a sort of vicious circle. The unemployment breeds the crime and the crime keeps the jobs out of Bradford. The solution is obvious, the Council and the Police must reduce the crime. What is stopping them from doing their jobs?
The police are to busy looking for the 1000's of sex trafficked migrant women then Commissioner Hyphen believes exist!
The way police reduce crime is by massaging the stats!
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: I agree. I think it's a sort of vicious circle. The unemployment breeds the crime and the crime keeps the jobs out of Bradford. The solution is obvious, the Council and the Police must reduce the crime. What is stopping them from doing their jobs?[/p][/quote]The police are to busy looking for the 1000's of sex trafficked migrant women then Commissioner Hyphen believes exist! The way police reduce crime is by massaging the stats! 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 1

3:13am Thu 29 May 14

Raj2121 says...

The police are too busy after motorists, they make money out of them (fines)
As if a burgler got caught it would cost the tax man to keep him/her in jail
The police are too busy after motorists, they make money out of them (fines) As if a burgler got caught it would cost the tax man to keep him/her in jail Raj2121
  • Score: 3

7:45pm Thu 29 May 14

Lara124 says...

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.com and I'll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I've tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day
Hey, I had this problem and tried so many things. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 18 pounds in one month without much exercise and it's been a life changer. I'm a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I've been doing then I'd be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at secretosdelara@gmail .com and I'll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I've tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day Lara124
  • Score: 0

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