Anger as cigarettes are stolen from newsagent’s while owner sleeps upstairs

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THE owner of a Fareham newsagent has spoken of his shock after his shop was broken into.

Richards Newsagents in Anjou Crescent was broken into at about 11.40pm on Monday.

Cigarettes and tobacco with a retail value of up to £1,700 were stolen in the raid.

Paul Richards, 51, was at home in his flat above the shop with his wife Trudie, 49, and son Steven, 18.

They were woken up when they heard the burglars breaking into the shop by forcing open the front door.

He said: ‘We heard a massive thud on the front of the shop door.

‘We woke up and realised what was happening, got dressed and ran down to the shop to try and get them away.

‘We phoned the police at the same time.

‘I’m pretty gutted and annoyed.

‘It was all done within a few minutes. We hadn’t long gone to sleep.

‘We were pretty startled by it.’

And Mr Richards added that he remains angry about what happened.

‘I’m angry that they violated our space,’ he said. ‘We are more angry than upset.

‘The fact that they are on your land, you do become a bit uneasy.

‘The next couple of days you go to sleep but you don’t really sleep properly.

‘You don’t know if they are going to come back.’

Mr Richards said that they have had support from the local community after the burglary.

‘I’m angry that they got in,’ he said.

‘We work hard to try and make a living.

‘We are a good community shop.

‘We are quite well-liked. We did have some people coming across and asking if everything is alright.

‘Hopefully it will never happen again.’

Three men were seen to leave the premises in a white Transit van by the store owner.

Anyone who may have any information relating to this incident, or is offered cigarettes or tobacco for sale in suspicious circumstances is asked to contact Det Con David Sheppard at Fareham police station on 101.

Alternatively contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.

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