Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride visited Brainwave in Crediton High Street today after the charity shop was broken into on Monday. This was the latest in a series of break-ins that have occurred in the town in recent months targeting local businesses. The visit was organised by local trader and former Town Councillor Dan Webb.

    Mr Stride said:

    “I am deeply concerned about the number of incidents that have occurred locally dating back to August and the targeting on Monday of a charity that helps children with disabilities is absolutely appalling. The effects of burglaries on businesses can be huge – both in financial terms with insurance excesses to pay, increases in future premiums and potential losses of income and also emotionally with shop owners who pour their heart and soul into their businesses being understandably devastated and fearful of another burglary. I will do whatever I can to support the affected businesses and will be liaising with the police over the break-in.”

    Dan Webb added:

    “It was very good of Mel to visit Brainwave so quickly – I wanted him to see first-hand the impact that the break-ins have had and discuss the issue of the town’s CCTV cameras which I believe our town council should be investing in, both to act as a deterrent and to help identify those who commit these crimes.”

    Mr Stride also visited Union Motorcycles and Nessie’s Bistro, which have seen attempted break-ins during the last fortnight.