Thieves target cycle shop

PUBLISHED: 11:07 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

THIEVES broke into a Portishead shop, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage and making off with goods valued at more than £3,000.

THIEVES broke into a Portishead shop, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage and making off with goods valued at more than £3,000.

Crooks forced a roller shutter at the Comfortably Numb cycle shop in Stoke Road off High Street at around 10.30pm on January 13.

Police officers arrived just after the incident, after a nearby resident raised the alarm when they heard the commotion.

Owner Sean Byrne said display cabinets inside the shop had been smashed to gain access to cycling components and a mountain bike had also been stolen.

Mr Byrne, who has just been appointed a new manager at the shop, said the burglary had been a nuisance but he was trying to put a positive slant on it.

He said: "The shop was closed for a few days to allow us to carry out repairs and we have now re-opened using the new name of Portishead Cycles.

"We want to focus on family cycling in the Portishead area and have changed our name to reflect this."

The shop which is currently open Monday to Saturday will be extending its opening hours to include Sundays in the spring.

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