Burnley butcher's livelihood stolen in £6k raid

Al-Madina Halal Meat, in Queen Victoria Road

Al-Madina Halal Meat, in Queen Victoria Road

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A BURNLEY butcher could be forced to shut his business after raiders stole thousands of pounds of meat and equipment.

Al-Madina Halal Meat, in Queen Victoria Road, had only been open for four months when burglars forced open the rear metal shutter door and stole almost £6,000 worth of stock, machinery and cash.

Business owner Mr Hussain, 36, said he has lost £1,000 in profits since the burglary, as the equipment he uses to process the meat has been stolen. He said: “I was so shocked when I came in to open up the shop and discovered the shutter door had been opened with a crowbar and the machinery had gone.

“I loaned the money from friends to open the shop in September and I’m worried about how I’ll pay them back. I will do it though.

“I was so upset. I felt like crying. It’s going to be very hard to get make enough money to buy new machinery.

“I might have to close the shop if I can’t get it sorted very soon.”

The offenders cut the wires to the alarm system, and snatched a £3,500 Omega TF32S meat mincer, a £1,780 Omega SM280S bandsaw, a £250 Fujitsu laptop, two full sheep carcasses worth £300, and £100 from the till. The thieves also lifted four bottles of Saxa salt, six packets of masala sauce and some international phone calling cards.

Sgt Martyn Holt, of Burnley Police, said: “With the amount taken, with some of the machinery weighing in excess of 50kg, we would expect there to have been more than one offender involved and a vehicle to have been used.

“This is a high value burglary and we would encourage anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in the area between 6.30pm on Saturday and 7.50am on Sunday to call police on 101.”

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4:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

Ummmmm
Ummmmm Biggy12
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Just an observer says...

Biggy12 wrote:
Ummmmm
A bit sheep-ish that lol
[quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: Ummmmm[/p][/quote]A bit sheep-ish that lol Just an observer
  • Score: 2

4:12pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

Just an observer wrote:
Biggy12 wrote:
Ummmmm
A bit sheep-ish that lol
lol I tried to steer clear of the obvious one ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Just an observer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggy12[/bold] wrote: Ummmmm[/p][/quote]A bit sheep-ish that lol[/p][/quote]lol I tried to steer clear of the obvious one ;-) Biggy12
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Malthus says...

Think what ewe are saying beefore ewe jump to conclusions.
Think what ewe are saying beefore ewe jump to conclusions. Malthus
  • Score: 3

8:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

B52bomber says...

I have seen ghe salt but no sign of thd masala, LOL
I have seen ghe salt but no sign of thd masala, LOL B52bomber
  • Score: 1

8:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Its a Business you must have some insurance i would of thought. Looking at the shop though maybe not. A harsh lesson learned.
Its a Business you must have some insurance i would of thought. Looking at the shop though maybe not. A harsh lesson learned. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 4

11:06pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ToffeeGuy says...

Two full sheep carcasses..and... four bottles of Saxa?

Surely this is more a case of as-salt and baaa -tery?
Two full sheep carcasses..and... four bottles of Saxa? Surely this is more a case of as-salt and baaa -tery? ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ilovemumanddad says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
Its a Business you must have some insurance i would of thought. Looking at the shop though maybe not. A harsh lesson learned.
It will have had insurance which is why it was robbed claim coming soon
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: Its a Business you must have some insurance i would of thought. Looking at the shop though maybe not. A harsh lesson learned.[/p][/quote]It will have had insurance which is why it was robbed claim coming soon ilovemumanddad
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Fri 17 Jan 14

leyton says...

weird twice then in 1 year .They have alleygates outside on all sides to stop this or so the council says .So either the gates were left open they had a key or probably an insurance scam because it never ha any customers .
weird twice then in 1 year .They have alleygates outside on all sides to stop this or so the council says .So either the gates were left open they had a key or probably an insurance scam because it never ha any customers . leyton
  • Score: 1

11:15am Sat 18 Jan 14

welshmen says...

It's a BARBARIC HALAL slaughtering outlet, Sharia Law, animal killing for Muslim Meat, the RSPCA need to get this STOPPED, other wise they WILL lose respect and Charity Money....
It's a BARBARIC HALAL slaughtering outlet, Sharia Law, animal killing for Muslim Meat, the RSPCA need to get this STOPPED, other wise they WILL lose respect and Charity Money.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Wed 22 Jan 14

zabby says...

What kind of butchers sells cigarettes,,,this one
What kind of butchers sells cigarettes,,,this one zabby
  • Score: 0

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