Southsea crime wave Continues

• Sports Shop in Grove Road South Burgled
• Opticians in Elm Grove Vandalised
• Letting Agents in Marmion Road Broken Into

The crime wave hitting small businesses in the Southsea area continues as two more local firms were hit overnight.

Absolute Running Southsea, in the old Motor Factors building in Grove Road South, was targeted at approximately 2am, with thieves literally splitting the front door of the unit in two. The cash till and card machine were taken.

The sheer force used to gain entry is identical to that used destroying the front door of Smile Cafe in Marmion Road in the early hours of Monday morning - the fifth café or bar in the area to be targeted.

A window in the frontage of Percy Harrison Opticians in Elm Grove was also smashed overnight with a charity box being taken. A Letting Agents in Marmion Road was also broken into.

Nick Carter of Absolute Running told Spotted Portsmouth the burgalry was very upsetting.

"We were broken into last night around 2am, with our till and card machine being stolen," Nick said.

"They have also completely destroyed our front door. We will not be able to trade until a new door is fitted, and new card machine and till installed."

Police scene of crimes officers are examining the scene for any forensics evidence that may track down the culprits.

Southsea's Jam & Bowler in Victoria Road South, Huis in Elm Grove, Sopranos in Palmerston Road and Sant-Yago in Clarendon Road have all also been the victims of early morning burglaries recently.

Anyone who may have been in the area and saw anything suspicious in either Grove Road South or Elm Grove last night is asked to call Portsmouth police on 101. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give info via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org .

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