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A shopkeeper in Holsworthy is urging the town council to install CCTV after thieves broke into his premises

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

  • STOLEN: A Franklin mint vintage car.

  • SHOPKEEPER: Eric Partridge.

  • TARGET: The eBay shop which was broken into.

  • STOLEN: Hand of Sauron ornament.

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A SHOPKEEPER is urging Holsworthy Town Council to consider installing CCTV after £6,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from his premises.

Eric Partridge, 59, owns Stonehenge Ephemera and Collectables, otherwise known as the eBay Shop, in the Square.

Several items including a 60-year-old solid silver teapot, four Royal Doulton figurines and a Hand of Sauron ornament were taken between 10.30pm on Wednesday, September 26 and 8am on Thursday, September 27.

Mr Partridge said he did not expect anything like this could happen in Holsworthy.

He said: "Even if the pond life aren't caught let's try and prevent my misfortunes happening to other people.

"Holsworthy needs to be a safe community to shop and work in. Unless Holsworthy Town Council sits up and takes notice and installs CCTV, I would have to think twice about staying in the town.

"Even if it's too late for me, it could spare anyone else the anguish I have been through.

Mr Partridge wrote a letter which was read out during last week's town council meeting.

Councillor John Allen said: "As a shopkeeper you think are you going to be next."

Councillor Martin Prentice said CCTV installation should be reviewed. The council said the subject will be on next month's agenda.

Mr Partridge lives in Wiltshire but spends three days a week in the shop selling unwanted items on behalf of customers.

He said he was mortified when he discovered several items had disappeared from the window display.

He said: "I felt sick. The items stolen were of particular value, lower priced items were left behind.

"The thieves clearly had an idea of what they wanted to steal. I believe they must have come into the shop before.

"I work in the shop until 10.30pm. I could have been assaulted, that has gone through my mind. Who knows what they could have done?"

Mr Partridge, who will be investing in a CCTV and alarm system in his shop, said people in the town have been supportive.

He said: "Neighbours and good friends, Phil Gibbs, Steve and Jackie Whitelaw and Nigel Kivell all lent their moral support at a point when I was most vulnerable and really needed it.

"I can't thank them enough, I'm not sure I would have got through the day without them."

If anyone has any information about the incident, they can contact the police on 101 reference CH/12/523 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800555111 or report online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org

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