Brides left worried as wedding store closes

Jez Clark

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CONCERNS arose as a bridal shop in Southsea closed its doors without warning.

Rumours that Brides of Portsmouth, in Elm Grove, had gone out of business sent brides-to-be into a panic.

Store owner Sharon Keates did not respond to calls from The News, but her website says the shop will reopen on Tuesday. A message on the site states the shop closed because a brick was thrown through one of the windows at 12.40am yesterday.

Andrea Hill, 26, of Cotton Road, Milton, who is getting married on September 1, spent more than £4,000 on a package deal, which includes her gown, six bridesmaids dresses and five mens suits.

She said: ‘I dropped my dress off on Thursday so it could get steamed. Then I had a phonecall to say the shop was closed because a window had been smashed.

‘I’m concerned I won’t get my dresses and I’ve already paid for them. I just want my stuff back.’

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Two people were arrested.

‘They were a 20-year-old male and a 23-year-old female, both from Southsea, on suspicion of criminal damage.

‘Both were questioned in custody and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.’