The Durrington store could close due to a spate of juvenile delinquency

A FAMILY BUSINESS that has been on a Main Street for 45 years could close down due to “Rampant” Juvenile Delinquency.

Strandways Hardware, which opened in Durrington in 1978, was attacked by children who stole spray paint, lighters and a plasterboard saw.

Brothers Andy and Paul Cooper, who took over the business from their parents, say they were attacked when confronting the youths.

They are now considering activating an option in their lease, which means the store at The Strand could close next year.

It comes as The Argus reported how a spate of juvenile delinquency plaguing businesses near the railway lines has gotten so bad that police have created one ‘Wanted’ poster by 30 notorious boys and girls – dubbed the west coast nominals.

The Argus: The parade of shops in Durrington, Co-op is across the street on the rightThe parade of shops in Durrington, Co-op is across the street on the right

Andy, 50, said: “If this continues or gets worse, an independent business could close at 45. We would of course prefer not to close.

“The community is disgusted with the situation, people are flocking to them.

“This situation brings out the good of the community, but the concern is evident that these youth are getting away with the trivia for too long.”

The Argus: Strandways hardware store in DurringtonStrandways hardware store in Durrington

The Argus has reported on the crime tide that is sweeping the Worthing area all the way up to Hove.

Several shops on Durrington’s High Street have been attacked, including McColl’s convenience store and Co-op, which is regularly stolen, with staff allegedly being attacked.

Andy fears someone else could be hurt following the shocking case of Alan Willson – the father who was brutally beaten by three teenagers while defending a boy in a park.

He said: “What they do this week will almost become boring next week, it will be fixed. If you get bored of shoplifting, who’s going to get hurt next?

“There was the case with Alan Williamson, someone else is going to get hurt. Why isn’t this addressed?

“Start arresting them, take them to police stations and keep them in the cell for a while.”

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 said they spoke 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: Durrington has experienced a number of incidents since the turn of the year. Pictured is an incident unrelated to recent juvenile delinquencyDurrington has seen a series of incidents since the turn of the year. Pictured is an incident unrelated to recent juvenile delinquency

They now have spray paint on the top shelves and most of it in the back, but Andy says that despite these measures, kids “climbed up the shelves to get them.”

He added: “On one occasion I wasn’t sure if they had stolen anything but one of them provided a bit of verbal information.

“I followed him out the door, one boy said ‘You can’t touch me’ and the other put both hands on my chest.

“When I came out of the store at the time, one of my customers said she saw a girl unpacking a plasterboard saw and throwing the packaging on the floor.

“That’s why we’ve seen Co-op have so many problems, the kids know they won’t do anything. They are all employees and should not intervene.

“If I had to watch them pull something off the shelf and watch them leave, I might as well put up a neon sign that says ‘come help yourself’. They are quickly becoming known as a shop that does nothing.”

Seven of the 11 cases we have reported for our investigation so far are part of ongoing police investigations. Five of these cases were thefts, two were arson attacks.

Two of the cases go to court. In one case where a boy swung a knife at a store clerk at Budgens in Boxgrove, the 14-year-old received a juvenile rehabilitation order and his parent/guardian was fined £22.

Sussex Police said they have a white collar crime team that specifically focuses on these types of incidents.

Chris Neilson, head of Force Business Crime, said: “Sussex Police are focused on supporting businesses and investigating white-collar crime.

“The unit has a team of investigators dedicated to investigating white-collar crime, particularly shoplifting and violence against shop and store employees. White-collar crime is not victimless crime.

“We also work closely with corporations, identifying and bringing prolific offenders to justice and seeking ways to deter and prevent further crime through civil warrants.”

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