CUSTOMERS have expressed their devastation after a family-run hardware store announced it could close due to a spate of juvenile delinquency.
Strandways Hardware in Strand Parade, Durrington, has a termination clause in its lease that could be activated next year after 45 years on the high street.
Brothers Andy and Paul Cooper took over the business from their parents, who founded it in 1978.
There has been a flood of dozens of people using the store regularly.
Stuart Roberts said: “Such good servants of the community over the years. It will be a sad loss and all children and those children’s families should feel disgusted with themselves.”
Liz Moulson said: “This is a wonderful shop and I would be so sad if it had to close. Maybe ringing a bell to get in is the solution.”
Kate Brown added: “This is such a good shop. I always shop here for bits I need.
“It is more than a pity to close for this reason.”
Strandways Hardware has seen spray paint, a plasterboard saw and other items stolen from its shop in recent months.
Andy, 50, said if anti-social behavior persists in the area “an independent business could close by 45”.
He added: “The community is disgusted with the situation, people are rallying.
“This situation brings out the good of the community, but the concern is evident that these youngsters are getting away with the trivia for too long.
“What they do this week will almost become boring next week, it will be fixed. If you’re bored with shoplifting, who’s going to get hurt next?”
On May 28, a plasterboard saw, which has a sharp point, was stolen from the shop and Andy said he was then pushed during an altercation.
There is “insufficient evidence” for officials to pursue this case.
Sussex Police have spoken to the shopkeepers to update them on the status of the investigation.
On June 27, spray paint was stolen. The brothers also claim they were attacked after chasing children out of the store. The investigations into this are ongoing.
The Argus has reported a spate of juvenile delinquency ravaging the Worthing area up to Hove.
It comes as we revealed that Britain’s Transport Police had produced a poster of 30 children known to authorities, which was given to railway staff to help with “safety and crime prevention efforts” in West Sussex.
There was a spate of juvenile delinquency near stations on the Worthing line.
We’ve highlighted at least 11 separate incidents in the area since February, including shoplifting, threats with a knife and arson.
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