Thousands of pounds of meat prepared for Christmas has been stolen from a butcher’s shop.
Burglars initially tried to break down the back door of Rowles Butchers on Inglewhite Road, Longridge, after smashing down a gate.
However, when they failed, they turned their attention to a walk-in fridge in the yard, forcing it open and stealing up to £6,000 of meat.
Gary Rowles, who runs the business with partner Joanne Bailey, said the haul was Christmas stock, including hanging beef ribs of beef; sirloin beef fillets, a pig bought that day which he was going to use for cured fat bacon, five lambs, gammons, and turkey breasts. Much of it was also vacuum packed.
Although he admits to feeling “gutted”, Mr Rowles says he re-stocked immediately and once again is all set for Christmas.
He said: “A lot of work had gone into it and they (the burglars) just came and took it for nothing. But it won’t affect Christmas orders. I have got good suppliers.”
Everything has been made more secure at the shop and CCTV cameras have also been erected.
He added: “It is all at a cost as well. Thanks to the thieves it has cost me a lot of money.”
Mr Rowles, who took over the butcher’s shop almost two years ago, says this is the first time anything like this has happened.
He said: “They must have had a wagon, they didn’t load the meat into a little car. They knew what they were doing.”
Mr Rowles locked up the shop last Tuesday, December 10, around 6pm.
He discovered the burglary the following day at 7am when he opened up.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and contact them on 01772 209581 or 209583 or 101.