Business as usual at burgled Budgens in Walton-on-the-Hill

This Is Local London: The new Budgens store in Walton-on-the-Hill was burgled 24 hours before its official opening by Crispin Blunt MP The new Budgens store in Walton-on-the-Hill was burgled 24 hours before its official opening by Crispin Blunt MP

A community food store was raided on the day it opened for business - just 24 hours before its ribbon was officially cut by Banstead’s MP.

Budgens, on Walton Street, in Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, was targeted on Thursday, November 28, between 11pm and 11.30pm and alcohol from the store was stolen - the same day it opened for business.

But undamaged and undeterred, the store opened as usual the next day for a ceremony marking its official opening.

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Dan Rapson, store manager at Budgens, said the store was getting on with its business after the burglary

Dan Rapson, 32, store manager, said: "The burglary was very upsetting for myself and all of my colleagues here.

"But it did not dampen spirits for the official opening at all. In this sort of industry you can’t stand still, you have to move on. No one day is the same. 

"I’ll leave it down to the police. They have collected all the evidence.

"We don’t speak about it now.  We’re just getting on with our jobs."

Crispin Blunt MP cut the store’s ribbon and members of the local football, athletics and pony clubs all turned out on Saturday morning.

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Mr Rapson said the store, which has received "100 per cent positive feedback from customers", will stock many local products - including eggs from a local chicken farm.

He added: "This area has not had anything like this establishment for a number of years. Rather than people having to go to other supermarkets out of the area, they can shop here which is really, really positive."

PC Helen Simon, investigating the burglary, said: "I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact officers with information, no matter how small or irrelevant you may feel this is.  It could prove vital to our investigation."

Anyone with information should call the police on 101, quoting reference 45130002532, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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11:06am Wed 4 Dec 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Well, it could have been worse. I was banking on a pantomime feature with certain Conservative committee members as ugly sisters & the audience shouting "He's behind you", at every opportunity. Tis the season & all that.
Well, it could have been worse. I was banking on a pantomime feature with certain Conservative committee members as ugly sisters & the audience shouting "He's behind you", at every opportunity. Tis the season & all that. Hove Ex-Pat

1:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

EwellMan says...

Maybe that was an ideal time for someone to ask the question to Crispin Blunt on why MP's are so insistant that we no longer need police or police stations in a county of increasing cars, homes and population.

Just go during the day round by Epsom Town Hall....a line of police cars and vans? which means one thing, hardly any police on the streets
Maybe that was an ideal time for someone to ask the question to Crispin Blunt on why MP's are so insistant that we no longer need police or police stations in a county of increasing cars, homes and population. Just go during the day round by Epsom Town Hall....a line of police cars and vans? which means one thing, hardly any police on the streets EwellMan

1:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

EwellMan wrote:
Maybe that was an ideal time for someone to ask the question to Crispin Blunt on why MP's are so insistant that we no longer need police or police stations in a county of increasing cars, homes and population.

Just go during the day round by Epsom Town Hall....a line of police cars and vans? which means one thing, hardly any police on the streets
You are so right. I have taken photos of those "marked & parked" cars on three occasions recently. Bays were full or at most one empty space.
My daughter posted on of the pictures on the Surrey Police twitter feed. Did they reply? Did they heck! In the days of the Met, if that many cars were seen in the nick, backsides would have been kicked.
[quote][p][bold]EwellMan[/bold] wrote: Maybe that was an ideal time for someone to ask the question to Crispin Blunt on why MP's are so insistant that we no longer need police or police stations in a county of increasing cars, homes and population. Just go during the day round by Epsom Town Hall....a line of police cars and vans? which means one thing, hardly any police on the streets[/p][/quote]You are so right. I have taken photos of those "marked & parked" cars on three occasions recently. Bays were full or at most one empty space. My daughter posted on of the pictures on the Surrey Police twitter feed. Did they reply? Did they heck! In the days of the Met, if that many cars were seen in the nick, backsides would have been kicked. Hove Ex-Pat

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