Upset traders in Meads village are calling for CCTV to be installed along with more street lights after another break-in at a shop.
My Dress Agency in the village’s Meads Street was hit by burglars for the second time in three weeks on Wednesday morning and a quantity of handbags stolen along with a locked empty cash box.
Thieves smashed open the front door triggering the alarm and alerting neighbours.
Three weeks ago on March 15 the shop was burgled and a quantity of bags and sunglasses were taken.
Neighbouring beauty salon Sheer Bliss has also been hit twice in recent months. Thieves broke in last August and again earlier this year. A house in Derwent Road has also been broken into in recent weeks. The owner of My Dress Agency, which sells ‘pre-loved’ designer clothes and accessories, Mary Jane Higgins said on Wednesday she was heartbroken at the latest break-in.
“We were only just recovering from the first break-in and then it happens again,” she said. “We need CCTV up here in the street as soon as possible to stop this kind of thing happening.”
Her calls have been backed up by Sheer Bliss owner Karen Hatfield who says the problems started when the county council removed street lighting from outside the row of shops in August last year.
Eastbourne police say they have increased their activity in Meads and Sgt Ed Ripley said, “Despite our best efforts some premises have been subject to repeat burglary and we are keen to find out who is responsible for the continued offences. We will be revisiting those businesses that may still be vulnerable and hope to work with them to stop this from happening again.”