Second burglary in a month at butchers

A local butcher has been left exasperated after his business was burgled for the second time in a month.

Wednesday, 27th January 2016, 7:52 am

The most recent burglary at McConville Family Butchers in Gilford happened between 6pm on Thursday 14th and 8am Friday 15th January but owner Eamon McConville confirmed he had been burgled exactly one month before on December 15th.

Damage was caused to the front door as the burglars forced their way into the premises.

Mr McConville believes the burglars were looking for money but left empty handed.

He said: “We haven’t discovered anything noticeable stolen yet. They seem to have came in looking money and left when they couldn’t find any.

“We were burgled a month to the day - December 15th and January 15th. I’m not sure if they’re related but the police are looking into it.”

During the previous break-in the front glass of a display fridge was damaged and charity boxes were broken and cash taken from them.

“Last time they caused a lot of damage as there was glass broken and the place was trashed but only the front door was damaged this time,” Eamon said.

“It doesn’t seem to matter what you do. If these kinds of people want in then they’ll get in.”

DUP Councillor and Upper Bann Assembly candidate Carla Lockhart has said Gilford businesses need to take extra precautions following a recent upsurge in burglaries.

After speaking with Mr McConville, Cllr Lockhart said: “It is horrendous to hear of these attacks on properties and thefts in the Gilford area. Gilford is a quiet town and this type of activity is not welcome and will not be tolerated by the local people.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the burglary at Mr McConville’s was premeditated given the footage that is available on CCTV.

“This is the second burglary of these premises and Mr McConville says it most certainly affects trading. Rural businesses are struggling and do not need this type of activity given the difficult financial climate that exists out there.

“I have spoken with the PSNI regarding non-domestic burglaries and have requested that some awareness raising is carried out as to how best to protect your business from this type of activity.

“I would also encourage the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around businesses. This is a worrying trend and I believe we need more PSNI out on the beat to try and deter such activity in the future.”

Police are appealing to anyone who may be able to assist this investigation to contact them on 101 quoting reference 161 of 15/01/16.