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Second burglary may force closure

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 07 July 2010

Richard Parr

The boss of a village engineering firm is looking at closing down his business after a second burglary in a matter of weeks.

Thieves raided the Manley Engineering plant at Weasenham St Peter, near Fakenham, and stolen a number of dog runs and kennels made by the company as well as three sets of ornate wrought-iron gates at the entrance to the premises.

The boss of a village engineering firm is looking at closing down his business after a second burglary in a matter of weeks.

Thieves raided the Manley Engineering plant at Weasenham St Peter, near Fakenham, and stole a number of dog runs and kennels made by the company as well as three sets of ornate wrought-iron gates at the entrance to the premises.

It was the second attack for Neville Manley, 49, and follows just a few weeks after burglars struck in December and took three motor cross bikes - one which was intended for his 10-year-old son's Christmas present.

The latest raid happened on Wednesday night when thieves took six dog runs and kennels and three sets of heavy wrought iron gates which stood at the entrance to the Fakenham Road premises. It is understood the raid happened between 11.30pm and 1.30pm.

The gang responsible also stole a red and white Iveco recovery truck to take away the stolen goods and also took a battery because the one on the truck was flat.

Mr Manley said that he has been in business for 18 years and has worked hard to build up his business but he has become “totally disheartened” by the second attack on his premises. He runs the business with his wife, Alison and James Cawkill.

“I have tried to build up a good business for my children but following this latest incident I just feel it is not worth carrying on and am seriously thinking about throwing the towel in,” he said.

The offenders, believed to be three males, were captured on the firm's CCTV cameras and left the premises in the stolen Iveco truck along the A1065 in the direction of Swaffham. The police helicopter was used in the search of the area.

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