Community rallies over shop damage

Shop keepers, from left, Paul Sanders and Dave Drowley. EMN-141020-153439001
Shop keepers, from left, Paul Sanders and Dave Drowley. EMN-141020-153439001

Community-spirited business owners have rallied support for fellow shopkeepers hit by damage to their premises.

Just two months ago, Dave Drowley and Paul Sanders opened their new video and games hire shop, Press 2 Play, in the former Blockbuster unit in Southgate, Sleaford.

However, last Tuesday night, at about 11pm, they received a message via Facebook to say the shop’s front window had been smashed.

Nothing was taken.

Paul said: “When we got down, there was just a broken window. We have been quoted a repair bill of over £800, but with being a new business the excess is £500, so it doesn’t even cover half the cost.

“It’s demoralising but what can you do? When you are trying to build a business up it takes time and money. It has damaged the window frame we put in.”

Their plight prompted a great community response via Facebook.

Dave said: “People were really pleased to see us when we opened up and were indignant when this happened.”

Kate Heath, of Katezart Designs gift shop in Bristol Arcade, was joined by James Broderick, of Little Italy Pizza Company in Carre Street, in starting up an appeal to help soften the blow to their new business colleagues.

Donations have been coming in to all three businesses and have already topped £225.

James said: “They have decided to invest money and time in Sleaford and this happens - it is heartbreaking. It is small businesses looking out for each other.”

Kate added: “Nobody deserves it and it is just so much money for a new business to have to pay.”

l A 34-year-old man from Lincoln is due to appear at court at a later date charged with criminal damage as a result of the incident.