Firms targeted in burglary

Businesses and shops on Bank Street, Castleford, have been targeted by robbers.'Pictured: Rachel McKimm - Rapid Recruit, and florist Cathryn Gander; two of the businesses that have seen recent break-ins.'p308a348
Businesses and shops on Bank Street, Castleford, have been targeted by robbers.'Pictured: Rachel McKimm - Rapid Recruit, and florist Cathryn Gander; two of the businesses that have seen recent break-ins.'p308a348

Police in Castleford have urged businesses to secure their properties after burglars ransacked three premises in one night.

Thieves raided three businesses in Bank Street last Tuesday night.

Police said thieves broke into first-floor business The Big Day bridal shop, then ransacked Flowers by Catherine below.

They then smashed through a wall and raided neighbouring firm Rapid Recruit, which only opened four weeks ago.

The firm offers support to people trying to get back into work.

Rachel McKimm, Rapid Recruit branch manager, said: “It’s sickening. We’re here to help get people back on track and then this happens.

“The thieves only took less than £100 in petty cash, but it’s the whole inconvenience of it.”

Damage at the businesses has now been repaired.

Miss McKimm said: “We’ve got to carry on doing what we’re doing. This won’t stop us.

“We provide support so people hopefully don’t turn to crimes like this .”

Castleford Town Centre Partnership recently joined forces with the town’s neighbourhood policing team (NPT) to encourage businesses to sign up to the Shopwatch scheme, launched in a bid to clamp down on shop theft.

Sgt Mike Astill, of the NPT, said: “These burglars got in through a window. We’re not certain if it was open or closed but we would urge businesses to close and secure all doors and windows at the end of each day.

“We would urge anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information about the burglaries should contact Wakefield CID on 101.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.