A SHOP owner has said he will have to shut his business for a month after his entire stock was stolen.

Lee Makin, who owns Dapper, a Mod clothing store in Warner Street, Accrington, found his shop empty on Tuesday morning.

CCTV images from inside the store show a hooded man putting items of clothing into a bag.

A police spokesman said a man was captured on CCTV trying the shop door at 7.30pm on Monday, then returning a 7.55pm and 11.45pm before returning at 1.30am and entering the site.

Mr Makin, who moved the business to Accrington five months ago after a six year stay in Clitheroe, said he will have to shut his business for a month while he gets things back on track.

It is understood hundreds of items, including shirts, tops, jeans and jackets worth more than £5,000 has been stolen.

He said: "I'm lost for words. It's utterly frustrating — it's my business that I've worked so hard for and now they've ruined it.

"I'm going to have to close for a month while I get everything sorted out and I get back on my feet.

"They've taken almost all my stock, it's all gone.

"It's stock that only has a specific audience so the people involved are going to have a hard time selling it.

"It's very unique so people will know where its come from."

Mr Makin, from the town, said this was the second time the shop had been broken into.

He said: "It's just not good enough, there's been several businesses targeted down here and nearby this year and it takes its toll on people.

"If anyone does buy the clothes or spots them somewhere and they think it could be from my shop then please call the police."

A police spokesman said: "Officers were called at 7am yesterday after reports of a burglary of a shop in Warner Street, Accrington.

"Almost the entire stock was taken and a window was also damaged.

"If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the police on 101 and quote 158 of September 5."