THE OWNER of a Langley Mill newsagents is calling for police to step up street patrols in the area following a series of attacks on his shop.
George Nixon says raiders and vandals targeted Premier Castle Stores on Horsley Crescent three times in as many days last week – and now he feels enough is enough.
He has called on police to stay vigilant in the area – before the criminals put him out of business.
Mr Nixon, 43, of Priorswell, Worksop, said: “I took over this shop four years ago.
From the beginning I have had people trying to break into the shop, but for a while it calmed down.
“But from last week it has started again.
“We are struggling as a business as it is.
“Every time something gets damaged, it is costing me money to replace it.”
At 2am on Monday, January 9, crooks attempted to break into the shop by removing two expensive CCTV cameras from the outer wall.
But they failed to get inside the store and fled the scene, leaving Mr Nixon with a £1,000 bill to replace the cameras.
The Sri Lanka-born father-of-two said his insurance company will not cover the damage as the cameras are situated on the outside of the building.
The following day, between 8pm and 9pm, vandals attacked an advertising boarding outside of the shop, which now also needs replacing.
And on the Wednesday night, yobs set fire to a metal box left outside the shop for people to return magazines. The remains were dumped in an adjoining alleyway.
Since Christmas vandals have peppered the front of the shop with bottles and bricks overnight on a number of occasions, terrorising the two members of Mr Nixon’s staff who live next door.
“With our running costs and staffing we don’t make a great deal of profit,” he added. “We provide a service in the area, why are we suffering for that?”
PSCO Jennifer Lormer, the neighbourhood police officer for the Langley Mill area, has promised to look at stepping up patrols by Mr Nixon’s shop. She said: “Whatever report we have of anti-social behaviour, or someone who feels they have had regular damage to their property, we would certainly up patrols in that area.”