New firm’s theft blow

NBENBE120131a2 Strutt street bakery Belper as had furniture stolen. Katy and Matthew Heavens.
NBENBE120131a2 Strutt street bakery Belper as had furniture stolen. Katy and Matthew Heavens.

A YOUNG couple on their first business venture fell victim to thieves only 13 days after they opened up.

Katy and Matthew Heavens set up Strutt Street Bakery and opened its doors on Monday, January 9.

The pair worked every day to ensure the bakery and cafe business got up and running as smoothly as possible.

But, when they gave themselves their first day off, on Sunday, January 22, and closed the shop, thieves struck.

Now, Katy, 29, and Matthew, 25, have been landed with a bill of more than £800 to replace three tables and six chairs that were taken from the bakery’s back garden, which the couple say was gated and locked.

Katy said: “It wasn’t a great start to our third week of trading!

“We are a bit disheartened, but at least they didn’t get inside. It hasn’t put us off running the business. We just wanted to make other people aware.”

Police said the theft happened between 7.30pm on Saturday, January 21, and 6.30am on Monday, January 23.

Katy said: “We had been working our socks off every day — apart from the Sunday which was our first day off.

“We have learnt our lesson now, to not leave the furniture outside. Although you don’t expect to have to bring your garden furniture inside. People leave it in their gardens.

“But we cannot let it get to us. We need to move forward and get on with it.”

The furniture was made from teak and aluminium. “I don’t think we will see it again,” said Katy. “There isn’t much we can say or do.”

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101.