Couple shaken by attempted Ulverston break-in
Last updated at 16:37, Thursday, 27 September 2012
A COUPLE have spoken about the devastating impact of an attempted break-in at their shop – the second in the past six months.
C&J Stores Ltd, owned by Colin and Julie Woodburn, was targeted in the early hours of Sunday September 23.
The couple, who live a few hundred yards from the general store on Steel Street, Ulverston, were alerted to the break-in after Mr Woodburn woke up to get a drink at around 3am.
The 48-year-old said he could hear an alarm sounding, and realised it was coming from his shop, which the couple have owned for 18 years.
After going to investigate he found the front window had been smashed, along with glass panels in the front door.
Mrs Woodburn, aged 49, called the police after her husband returned with the bad news.
She said: “When he got back to the house and told me, it was just a shock. I rang the police in a daze. The reality sank in later.”
Although the would-be thieves were deterred by the alarm system before anything could be taken, the attempted break-in has taken a considerable toll on the couples’ daily lives.
Mr Woodburn says he is currently on medication for post-traumatic stress following a car accident last year, and the incident is not helping his recovery.
“It is not nice somebody coming into your property.
“It’s lucky for me they were gone because I would have been in trouble myself. I was up all night boarding the windows and the doors.”
Mrs Woodburn said: “I have not slept properly since it happened.
“It is sickening that somebody thinks they have got the right to go into our property to take what they want.”
The pair also say they will have to foot the bill for the damage caused, as their insurance excess is too high for them to claim.
“They don’t think about the impact it has on us, they just think about what they can get,” Mrs Woodburn added.
Anyone with any information about the break-in should call the police on 101.
First published at 16:11, Thursday, 27 September 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Well said Mrs Woodburn, your quote is the best I have heard in many years; âThey donât think about the impact it has on us, they just think about what they can getâ.
It is a sad situation caused by stupid vandals probably with nothing better to do than sit on their backsides because they are too lazy to work.
The owners word hard to make the shop work and then it is destroyed by stupid idiots.
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