Sunderland deli owner will not be beaten by burglars

David Gill (left) and Roger Dickson of Juniper's Pantry, Silksworth Lane, Sunderland at Wednesday's night game tasting session.

David Gill (left) and Roger Dickson of Juniper's Pantry, Silksworth Lane, Sunderland at Wednesday's night game tasting session.

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A DELI owner is pledging business as usual after an attempted break-in at his shop.

Thieves targeted the parade of shops and empty first-floor offices on the Barnes roundabout in Sunderland last Thursday.

They gained entry into a chip shop and Chinese restaurant, but not into Juniper’s Pantry, owned by David Gill.

“We’ve already bricked up where they tried to get in,” he said.

“I opened 11 months ago and this is the first time I’ve had any problems. It’s a good area around here.

“The business has been going well. We also do outside catering, which means we don’t have to rely just on takings from the deli and coffee shop.

“The attempted break-in is a nuisance, but I’m not going to get downhearted about it.”

David thinks the thieves must have been at the back of the parade for several hours.

“What they did must have taken some time,” he said. “I believe they got into the offices through the roof.

“I’ve already upgraded my security and I’m going to put the shop number through to a mobile at night.

“The shop number is on the sign outside, so if someone sees something suspicious they can ring it and it should be answered.”

Northumbria Police say cash was stolen in the burglaries, which happened late on May 30 or early the following morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police, tel: 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers, tel: 0800 555111.

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