Vandals plague Trowbridge paper business
4:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
A newspaper and magazine supplier in Trowbridge is finding his business is being frustrated by a series of vandalism attacks.
Jack Heard, owner of Perkins News Deliveries, arrived at his store in Frome Road, behind the Fry Days Fish Bar, on Monday to find his car tyres slashed.
The attack followed other similar incidents of vandalism against Mr Heard’s business since he took over from former owner David Perkins almost three years ago.
The 31-year-old, who lives in Larch Grove with wife Alice and two children, said incidents had ranged from thefts of delivery bicycles to a metal letter box being ripped from the wall.
Mr Heard said: “It’s getting to the point where I’m thinking it is some kind of vendetta. I basically run the business single-handedly and it’s tough to deal with things like this when I have a young family to support.
“There just seems to be something happening every month; even silly things like turning up on a Saturday to find that the weekend supplements have been pulled out of the newspapers and thrown in the road.
“It’s a massive inconvenience and it makes running the business incredibly hard.
“I’m already fighting against the poor economy and I really don’t need anything like this to fight against as well.
“I get up to work at 5am seven days a week and it’s difficult to keep going when I find something else has happened. It just makes me think, why do I bother?”
Mr Heard, who previously worked for Cromwell Press in Trowbridge, added that his car was stolen from outside the store in January, but culprits had not been found.
Sergeant Jim Suter said: “I would urge anyone who is suffering from matters like these to make sure they report incidents to police, so we can follow up on them.”
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