Hundreds of pound of meat stolen from butcher’s shop

Wiltshire-based butcher’s shop, The Butchers, has had more than £1,000 stolen from the premises in both stock and cash.

Thieves managed to get away with more than £600-worth of pork, lamb, bacon and sausages, while the shop’s butcher was asleep in the flat above the shop.

The robbers got into the shop by the back door somewhere between 10.30pm on 23 October and 7.30pm on 24 October  and took £400 in cash from the till. Manager of the shop Jason Bateman told MTJ Extra that 90% of the stock stolen was unprepared primals. He said: “Whole legs of lamb and rumps were taken. We were stocking up for Christmas, so a lot of it was unprepared.

“It has put us on the back foot, but luckily our suppliers have given us a little time to pay, but we have got to hope sales pick up.”

Pat Smith, who works in the adjoining sandwich shop, was the first on the scene after the robbery took place. “I work there part-time in the sandwich shop that is attached to the butcher’s shop,” she said. “I realised things weren’t quite right when I walked in. I checked the back door and saw that it was open. All of the money was gone and a lot of meat.”

According to Bateman, this sort of thing is on the increase and he said he believes several other butcher’s shops in the area have also been broken into. “It’s getting to that time of the year,” he said. “People know butchers are stocking up and last year it was the same — butchers had stock stolen.”

Bateman is now urging people in the area to keep an eye out for people selling big pieces of pork, legs of lamb, bacon or sausages, as the thieves left cut meat in the store, favouring primals.


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