A GYM owner has spoken out after his new venture was targeted by raiders over the weekend.

Pride Gym, on Abb Scott Lane, Low Moor, has only been open since mid-December and was forced to close for the day in the aftermath of the burglary.

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Owner Terry Holt said: “It happened at around 10.15 on Saturday night.

“They’ve climbed on to the roof at the rear of the building and got in through the window.”

He added: “They’ve caused a bit of damage.”

The four culprits then made their way into the main office and attempted to smash the till to try and get it open, before swiping six tubs of protein and some cans of energy drinks.

CCTV footage released by the gym shows the raiders brazenly rifling through the office area and shining a torch under desks and in a cupboard.

They then break out of the building via the roller shutter, breaking some padlocks in the process, but then realise they are locked in the car park and are unable to climb the gate.

Mr Holt said he felt angry and annoyed at the situation.

“They’ve gone to a lot of effort for not a lot,” he said.

“It’s a completely nonsensical burglary.”

He added: “It’s annoying. You open a business, you take a risk, we work hard.”

The gym marked an investment of around £100,000 into the area, bringing an empty, former industrial unit back into use and creating new jobs in the process.

Sending a message to the “selfish” culprits, Mr Holt said:”You’re just taking from a local community.

“I don’t know why they’ve done it.”

The gym had to close for the day on Sunday, but opened its doors again on Monday, with Mr Holt vowing the team would carry on.

He said a lot of money had been spent on security, but they would spend more in light of the raid.

The gym has shared pictures and CCTV footage of the culprits in the hope of bringing them to justice and said: “They owe us money for protein powder they took without paying!They’ve obviously tried to pay and couldn’t work the till so smashed it to pieces instead. If they just call back in during opening hours we’ll gladly take their payment.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Anyone with information to contact Bradford South NPT on 101, or by using the live chat facility on the West Yorkshire Police website.

"Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."