Kwik Vape in Worthing sets up a barrier to deter theft

A COMPANY, target of a spate of juvenile delinquency, has erected security barriers to prevent juveniles from looting it.

Kwik Vape in Tarring Road, Worthing has been attacked on several occasions and in February the window was smashed with a metal bar.

The store has faced a spate of crime since October last year, which has prompted frustrated owner Simon Lawrence, 47, to call for the “farcical legal system” to punish prolific offending children.

He has now taken matters into his own hands to prevent his shop from being searched with a £700 barrier in the future.

It comes as we unveiled a police-made “wanted” poster of 30 children known to authorities.

The poster featured brothers George and Archie Tilley, who nearly killed Worthing father Alan Willson in a brutal attack in the city’s Longcroft Park last year.

The Argus: The barrier is also to be fitted with panes of glassThe barrier is also to be equipped with glass panes

Simon told The Argus: “One day they threatened to attack me with a knife, my colleague called the police.

“I think they’re trying to get someone to hit them, which I wouldn’t do.

“It was pretty much every other day, 24/7.

“We were all kids once, but what they’ve been up to is more than mischief.

“I wasn’t an angel, but we only played Knock Down Ginger as kids.

“If you enter my shop now, you will be kicked out.

“Lately some of them have stayed away. We have really clear CCTV so we can see them before they even get to the front door. We lead them out.

The Argus: Inside Kwik VapeIn Kwik Vape

“I won’t let these kids force me out of this store. I cannot put into words how angry I am at the inaction of the police and the courts.”

Simon said the juvenile crime tide has worsened in his business along with the growing popularity of disposable vapes.

In February, youths targeted a co-op on the same street as well as Simon’s shop.

Alleged crimes include spitting on vendors and vandalism.

Simon’s window was smashed with a metal bar and he claims fizzy drinks were sprayed on the store’s electrical equipment.

The Argus: The shop window was smashed in FebruaryThe store’s window was smashed in February

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and released under investigation.

The boy has now been charged with two counts of assault and one count of assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 12.

In another incident, three girls walked in before dispersing around the store and stealing several items.

Simon reported the incident, which happened around 3:40 p.m. on December 5 last year

He says it’s a big reason he has the barrier up now.

The Argus: CCTV of an incident on July 7 in which Simon led children out of his shop before his barrier was erectedVideo surveillance of an incident on July 7 in which Simon led children out of his shop before his barrier was erected

On July 7, CCTV seen by The Argus shows Simon leading children out of his shop, which is only allowed to serve over 18s.

He added: “There’s a financial impact, but there’s also a mental impact, you’re constantly on edge.

“I have faced crime for months. As far as I’m concerned, the level of crime these children are allowed to reach means they must lose their right to anonymity.

“I think the legal system has blood on its hands, it could have done so much more before the Alan Williamson incident.”

On Monday we revealed how a family run hardware store in Durrington was forced to close due to juvenile delinquency.

Sussex Police have been asked for comment. Kwik Vape in Worthing sets up a barrier to deter theft

Fry Electronics Team

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