Mayor: Break in is ‘disgusting’

Caistor Spar shop EMN-151124-122334001
Caistor Spar shop EMN-151124-122334001
  • Offenders smash windows in break in at town Spar shop but fail to leave with any stock

The mayor of Caistor has described a break in at a town centre convenience store as “disgusting”.

Lincolnshire Police have launched an appeal for information after a break in at the Spar store in 
Horsemarket.

Town mayor Carol Mackenzie has condemned the incident and said the shop was important for the 
town.

She said: “Obviously it’s disgusting.

“It’s (the shop) important for the community.

“We don’t condone this wanton crime in this 
town.

“Although I’m not convinced it’s local people that are doing it.”

The incident happened in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, November 
14.

Police say offenders smashed a window to get into the store.

But it is believed they failed to get away with any stock before the alarm was 
raised.

West Lindsey District Councillor Owen Bierley, who represents the Caistor and Yarborough ward, has also condemned the 
incident.

Coun Bierley said: “It’s most unfortunate.

“They’re breaking the law and they’re potentially damaging trade and damaging facilities that are there for the benefit of local 
people.”

Caistor town councillor Alan Caine has praised the police response to the incident, saying he believed they responded quickly after the alarm had been raised.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “At around 2.40am on Saturday , November 14 police were alerted to reports of a burglary at the Spar store on Horsemarket.

“Offenders gained entry by smashing a 
window.

“The store’s alarm sounded and it is not believed anything was taken during the 
burglary.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward - or anyone who has information about the 
incident.

News of the break in comes just over a month after police in Caistor reported a huge drop in crime.

Speaking at Caistor Town Council’s monthly meeting in October, PC Chris Bell said there had been a 60 per cen year-on-year drop in 
incidents.

His comments came after police issued a warning to offenders in Spetember - there had been reports of fires, broken bottles and possible drug use at the town’s sports ground.

And back in the summer business owners in Caistor urged people to be vigilant after a spate of incidents.

The Settlement was reportedly broken into with a small amount of alcohol stolen and there was a burglary at Caistor petrol 
station.

There was a fire at the town’s post office and Caistor In Bloom’s £10,000 Kubota vehicle was stolen.

CIB chairman Deborah Barker said the theft of the Kubota vehicle hampered efforts to improve the town for summer as it approached one of the busiest times of the year.

In relation to the Spar shop incident, anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area, or anyone who has any information that may help the investigation, is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Quote incident 51 of November 14.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.