Blackburn takeaway ‘under siege’ after being targeted by crooks for fifth time

THE owners of a Blackburn takeaway have said they like they are ‘under siege’ after being targeted by crooks five times in seven months.

A burglar was captured on CCTV brandishing a crowbar when he broke into Funky Fried Chicken in Whalley New Road at around 5am on Wednesday morning.

Other businesses in the road said they had also been the victims of theft and criminal damage.

But police said they did not believe the street was being ‘particularly targeted’ by criminals.

Noor and Hasina Ganchi, who run the takeaway with the help of their four daughters, said the thief had bent open bars protecting an upstairs window, forced his way in and taken around £300 from their till, a Cancer Research charity box and items including a 40-inch television.

Mr Ganchi, 53, said: We’ve got CCTV, we’ve got shutters at the back, shutters at the front and bars on the windows.

We feel like we’re under siege.

“We’re just a family business trying to make a living.”

Mrs Ganchi, 41, added: “I feel like saying let’s sell up and go. The police aren’t doing enough to protect us, even though we’ve given them a lot of information and CCTV footage.”

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Mr Ganchi said his restaurant was first targeted when a burglar stole £300 worth of tools in September.

He said £1,200 worth of steel heating equipment was taken from his back yard in October, cooking oil in December and cooking oil again earlier this month.

Romeo Husein, of Royal Salon barbershop, said his business had also been hit.

He said: “My window has been smashed three or four times, my car has been targeted, and people keep getting on my roof from the back, nicking lead, stealing things from my shed and taking things from my garden.

“We need three large gates at each end of the alley behind us to stop people coming through.”

Little Harwood Councillor Pat McFall said she would visit the businesses to see if she could help with applications for alley gates.

Sgt Jon Cisco said police had stepped up patrols in the area and were deploying mobile CCTV cameras.

He said: “I don’t think this street in particular has been targeted but there has been a minor spate of damage offences.

“I think these people are opportunists and some of the criminal damage is maybe drink related.

“All lines of inquiry that are passed to us are thoroughly checked out and we are not complacent.

“I would like to appeal to the public to help us identify this offender.”

If you recognise the man or would like to report an incident call police on 101.

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2:02pm Sat 31 Mar 12

Mill62 says...

A fat man in a takeaway-shouldn't be too hard to find.
A fat man in a takeaway-shouldn't be too hard to find. Mill62

4:08pm Sat 31 Mar 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

Funky Fried Chicken ?!? what a name lol
Funky Fried Chicken ?!? what a name lol I_Love_Mommy

5:40pm Sat 31 Mar 12

A Darener says...

I'm sorry but any business that leaves money in a till overnight is asking to be robbed. Haven't they heard of safes?
I'm sorry but any business that leaves money in a till overnight is asking to be robbed. Haven't they heard of safes? A Darener

5:42pm Sat 31 Mar 12

billy32 says...

If the businesses put a little of their takings into a fund then they will soon be able to buy some gates to protect their shops. I know someone who lives on Selbourne Street, they have people dumping all their rubbish in her back street. They have asked for gates and been told there is no money in the kitty.
If the businesses put a little of their takings into a fund then they will soon be able to buy some gates to protect their shops. I know someone who lives on Selbourne Street, they have people dumping all their rubbish in her back street. They have asked for gates and been told there is no money in the kitty. billy32

6:09pm Sat 31 Mar 12

LittleMissKc says...

It's Chris Moyles!
It's Chris Moyles! LittleMissKc

6:33pm Sat 31 Mar 12

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

I'm sorry Mr Policeman but this doesn't look "drink related" does it? The guy in the video seems to know exactly what he's doing, how to break into the till without setting off alarms etc. He's hardly some drunken yob just causing malicious damage. This is premeditated crime.
I'm sorry Mr Policeman but this doesn't look "drink related" does it? The guy in the video seems to know exactly what he's doing, how to break into the till without setting off alarms etc. He's hardly some drunken yob just causing malicious damage. This is premeditated crime. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2

11:46pm Sat 31 Mar 12

icannotrace says...

A Darener wrote:
I'm sorry but any business that leaves money in a till overnight is asking to be robbed. Haven't they heard of safes?
Yes it's amazing how many businesses leave substantial amounts of cash in their till. I'd like to see their insurance policy to see how much cash they are covered for?
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but any business that leaves money in a till overnight is asking to be robbed. Haven't they heard of safes?[/p][/quote]Yes it's amazing how many businesses leave substantial amounts of cash in their till. I'd like to see their insurance policy to see how much cash they are covered for? icannotrace

10:21am Sun 1 Apr 12

Izanears says...

He said £1,200 worth of steel heating equipment was taken from his back yard

What does he use STEEL Heating equipment for?????
He said £1,200 worth of steel heating equipment was taken from his back yard What does he use STEEL Heating equipment for????? Izanears

6:19pm Tue 3 Apr 12

sonny says...

i see this message thread has been heavily edited, whats the point of it being here if you cant give your honest opinion.
i see this message thread has been heavily edited, whats the point of it being here if you cant give your honest opinion. sonny

8:38pm Tue 3 Apr 12

M.DANNY says...

sonny wrote:
i see this message thread has been heavily edited, whats the point of it being here if you cant give your honest opinion.
Well do not post anything false,abusive or malicious.You are responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by the Lancashire Telegraph site terms.Comment must be fair and must not offend any person regarding the above news reports.You were responsible for the comments you posted that offended the people of Blackburn so the Editor edited most of the thread.
[quote][p][bold]sonny[/bold] wrote: i see this message thread has been heavily edited, whats the point of it being here if you cant give your honest opinion.[/p][/quote]Well do not post anything false,abusive or malicious.You are responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by the Lancashire Telegraph site terms.Comment must be fair and must not offend any person regarding the above news reports.You were responsible for the comments you posted that offended the people of Blackburn so the Editor edited most of the thread. M.DANNY

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