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King Street retailers under attack

Simon Binns and the run of robberies that’s cost thousands

Written by . Published on September 14th 2010.

King Street retailers under attack

Retailers on King Street and Police Street have been hit by a spate of robberies in recent weeks.

Timberland was hit when robbers broke in to the back of the building then dug down through the ceiling into the store.

Several of the high end shops on the city centre street have been broken into – some more than once – and have lost thousands of pounds of stock in the robberies.

Kuyuchi, the clothing retailer which has only been open two weeks, had a rock put through its glass door before thieves stole a van belonging to a security guard and attempted to drive it through the front of the store.

Other stores to be hit include upmarket underwear store Lucille & Co, The White Company and Toni & Guy Essentials. It is thought the same thieves are targeting the stores.

John Weaver, store manager at Kuyuchi told Confidential that two thieves got away with £5,000 of clothes despite only being in the building for 40 seconds. A security guard now has to sleep in the store overnight until a new door can be delivered.

“It’s free money for them because they keep coming back and they’re not being caught,” he said. “We have to board up our door every night and have a security guard here all the time. A new door will cost us £3,000.

“The thieves turned up at 2am on a Saturday morning when most police are outside clubs and bars. They’ve got free reign.

“There’s not a huge amount the police or Cityco can do I suppose although some extra mounted police or dog squads might put them off.”

Camilla Dubois, owner of Lucille & Co, said the two thieves had taken stock and equipment worth ‘thousands’ although CCTV footage had been given over to the police.“We’ve ordered new shutters and everyone is staying vigilant,” she said. The police and Cityco know about it. Will they come back? Who knows. I hope not.”

King Street retailers also suffered a run of burglaries earlier this year. Timberland was hit when robbers broke in to the back of the building then dug down through the ceiling into the store. They were startled and ran off when manager Christine Ormerod came in to open up at 6am.

“It was just after Christmas,” said Ormerod. “They got away with a big box of kidswear. But it has started to become a big problem recently.”

Shirt retailer TM Lewin and designer clothes shop Belstaff were also hit earlier this year.

Greater Manchester Policeand Cityco had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousSeptember 14th 2010.

Good on Mr. Binns for this, I'd heard nothing about these raids until now - not on local news or in local media. As if the traders on King Street weren't suffering enough

sadfaceSeptember 14th 2010.

ha- Timbaland!

Simon Binns - News EditorSeptember 14th 2010.

Yes, that's right. Hip hop's hottest producer had some stuff nicked too.

Best change that, hadn't we?

Err, no thanks, I'll passSeptember 15th 2010.

The dude in the photo looks like he's holding a plastic bag type container full of cocaine.

AnonymousSeptember 15th 2010.

...if the police can't sort out King Street dear me!!

John HarrisSeptember 15th 2010.

The night-time police presence in Manchester is seriously inadequate, largely as a result of the lunatic decision to move custody facilities out of the city centre.

AnonymousSeptember 17th 2010.

The Manchester police are woefully inept. People have no confidence in them. They couldn't catch a cold in winter. The few times I see them patrolling the city centre they give me the impression that they'd be out of their depth. With the government asking police forces to make cuts I can only see crime becoming more prevalent.

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