Colne shoe shop owner’s break-in heartache

Arcade Cafe waitress Lucinda Birkett with cafe owner Frank Allinson (right) with eshoes co-owner Andrew Birkett

Arcade Cafe waitress Lucinda Birkett with cafe owner Frank Allinson (right) with eshoes co-owner Andrew Birkett

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HUNDREDS of pounds of brand-name shoes have been stolen during a break-in at a busy Colne shopping arcade.

Traders in the Arcade in Market Street said they are fearing for their livelihoods after they were targeted for the second time in a week.

On Monday, police said burglars managed to break in to eshoes and steal dozens of pairs of well-known branded shoes including Dr Martens, Rocketdogs, jelly shoes, Dunlop pumps and Dolcis.

The latest break-in comes just days after the arcade was hit on July 20 by thieves climbing onto bins at the rear.

They targeted a bridal shop, a sweet shop, an e-cigarettes shop, and a cafe, and it is thought they were looking for cash.

Owner of eshoes, Maria Birkett, 28, said: “It’s my livelihood that they’ve been selling on, it’s something that I’ve paid for.

“I work all day six days a week to pay for my house and my bills, and it’s an easy ride for them.”

Maria has two children, Oliver, five, and Emma, one, and the income from the shop supports her family.

She said: “This is our only source of income.

“Every week I’m growing the business and trying to put the money back in, it’s a case of how long it will take to recoup the loss.

“Even if I claim on the insurance there’s still the excess to pay, and the insurance will go up.”

Frank Allanson, 61, owner of Arcade Cafe said thieves took a flatscreen TV, two charity collection boxes and the staff tip box.

He said: “They obviously had to get away last time, but they’d clocked the TV.

“It’s a big TV so it would have taken more than one of them to carry it.

“We’ve been watching the Commonweath Games, and so were the customers, but we can’t any longer unfortunately.

“They were disturbed the first time because there were coins on the floor from the charity boxes.”

Mr Allanson said the community had been very supportive with customers helping to build up the tips again.

Additional security measures have since been put in place, said arcade owner John Barrett.

Police are now investigating the thefts and are urging anyone who is offered cut-price shoes to contact them on 101.

Insp Paul Goodall said: “We think both jobs are linked because they happened at the same time. If anyone has any information about it or knows of any one selling cheap shoes please let us know.”

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9:34pm Thu 31 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Thieves have no guilt about stealing other peoples goods in-fact they think it,s quite cool to rob from their fellow man or women. and as long as we keep pandering to the liberals of society we will never rid our world of scum bags like these who laugh at the rest of the hard working among us because there are no suitable deterrents to put them off..who says crime does not pay ? it pays more than ever.
Thieves have no guilt about stealing other peoples goods in-fact they think it,s quite cool to rob from their fellow man or women. and as long as we keep pandering to the liberals of society we will never rid our world of scum bags like these who laugh at the rest of the hard working among us because there are no suitable deterrents to put them off..who says crime does not pay ? it pays more than ever. noddy57
  • Score: 5

10:49pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

I'll visit this arcade this coming weekend with no more fine a motive than to help you. I found the link from Lancashire Telegraph.
I'll visit this arcade this coming weekend with no more fine a motive than to help you. I found the link from Lancashire Telegraph. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 2

6:23am Fri 1 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Absolute hogwash I have a few questions to ask

1. Why was cash left on the premises ?
2. Why don't you secure your buildings properly other people do ?
3. Why was staff tips in a box you are supposed to pay Tax on your tips, they should have gone through the books. Thought you would avoid it did you.
4. Instead of coming out with self pitying drivel about how the customers can't watch the commonwealth games . Why not bring in your tv from home.

There you go a few words of wisdom. Take the advise and get on with it instead of running to the press looking for sympathy and public hand outs.
Absolute hogwash I have a few questions to ask 1. Why was cash left on the premises ? 2. Why don't you secure your buildings properly other people do ? 3. Why was staff tips in a box you are supposed to pay Tax on your tips, they should have gone through the books. Thought you would avoid it did you. 4. Instead of coming out with self pitying drivel about how the customers can't watch the commonwealth games . Why not bring in your tv from home. There you go a few words of wisdom. Take the advise and get on with it instead of running to the press looking for sympathy and public hand outs. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 2

9:55am Fri 1 Aug 14

useyourhead says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Absolute hogwash I have a few questions to ask

1. Why was cash left on the premises ?
2. Why don't you secure your buildings properly other people do ?
3. Why was staff tips in a box you are supposed to pay Tax on your tips, they should have gone through the books. Thought you would avoid it did you.
4. Instead of coming out with self pitying drivel about how the customers can't watch the commonwealth games . Why not bring in your tv from home.

There you go a few words of wisdom. Take the advise and get on with it instead of running to the press looking for sympathy and public hand outs.
You really are a sour individual aren't you.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Absolute hogwash I have a few questions to ask 1. Why was cash left on the premises ? 2. Why don't you secure your buildings properly other people do ? 3. Why was staff tips in a box you are supposed to pay Tax on your tips, they should have gone through the books. Thought you would avoid it did you. 4. Instead of coming out with self pitying drivel about how the customers can't watch the commonwealth games . Why not bring in your tv from home. There you go a few words of wisdom. Take the advise and get on with it instead of running to the press looking for sympathy and public hand outs.[/p][/quote]You really are a sour individual aren't you. useyourhead
  • Score: -5

11:41am Fri 1 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

Contents insurance are there for a reason. If you are a victim of a burglary and you are covered by insurance it's a normal procedure that if a claim is made your premiums are most likely to increase, and the excess will have to be part of your contribution. If you're not plesed with this process refrain from taking up insurance but the most sensible approach would have been to make the property burglar proof. Do not expect others to 'cough up' for your failures'
Contents insurance are there for a reason. If you are a victim of a burglary and you are covered by insurance it's a normal procedure that if a claim is made your premiums are most likely to increase, and the excess will have to be part of your contribution. If you're not plesed with this process refrain from taking up insurance but the most sensible approach would have been to make the property burglar proof. Do not expect others to 'cough up' for your failures' sen c b l
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Morgan le Fay says...

let's hope the brave lads and lasses of the Lancashire police track down and prosecute the thieving scum.
let's hope the brave lads and lasses of the Lancashire police track down and prosecute the thieving scum. Morgan le Fay
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Fri 1 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Morgan le Fay wrote:
let's hope the brave lads and lasses of the Lancashire police track down and prosecute the thieving scum.
I would of thought The Police have Much more important things to do.
[quote][p][bold]Morgan le Fay[/bold] wrote: let's hope the brave lads and lasses of the Lancashire police track down and prosecute the thieving scum.[/p][/quote]I would of thought The Police have Much more important things to do. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -1

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