‘Hammer blow’ as historic Sheffield bike shop ram-raided for second time in less than 48 hours
An investigation has been launched after a historic Sheffield bike shop suffered two ram-raids in the days leading up to Christmas.
Police were called at around 11.05pm last night (Monday, December 23) following reports of a burglary at Langsett Cycles on Infirmary Road.
It is reported that the offenders used a vehicle to ram the building, causing damage, to gain entry.
Nothing is reported to have been stolen this time and the suspects are believed to have fled the scene.
It comes less than 48 hours after the shop, which is one of the oldest bike specialists in the country having been founded in 1890, was ram-raided by a silver Ford Focus at around 4.14am on Sunday morning (December 22).
The car tore the shutters from the shop front and smashed a glass door before a number of high-end mountain bikes, along with a breast cancer charity box, were stolen.
Devastate owner Andrew Elston said: “It is just so disappointing. It is no secret that retail is having a tough time at the moment and this feels like a hammer blow.
“We have survived two world wars and the Super Tram being put right outside our shop, but things are as difficult now as ever.
“The shop is 130 years old in 2020. We were planning on celebrating with lots of special events.
“Having a sale of damaged stock in January was not in those plans.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.