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Burglars steal £100,000 worth of wine from Locks Heath merchant

A Locks Heath wine merchant said she hoped burglars who stole more than £100,000 of wine from her business get caught.

Del Taylor

Del Taylor, owner of Alexander Hadleigh wine merchants in Locks Heath Centre, said she felt a huge violation when thieves forced their way into her storage unit at Bury Farm Industrial Estate in Curbridge and stole the haul of alcohol – some of which was irreplaceable.

The thieves used a disc cutter to break into the industrial site’s security gates, broke into three vehicles, stole tools and took a car to flee with alcohol.

After smashing into the storage unit, the four men spent took hundreds of cases of wine.

Ms Taylor said: “It’s such a horrid violation.

“You feel absolutely gutted that people can do that and commit that extent of unwanted damage.

“We feel totally wiped out. You just think how could they do that and why me?

“It’s business as usual, we’ll carry on and now we’ll be fighting even harder and I hope the culprits are eventually found.

“From what I understand of it they’ve done a blitz on the area, it wasn’t just my business they got, but mine was the only wine merchant.

“They turned out other businesses in the area.

“They broke into other units and stole tools so that they could get into other doors. It was a secured premises that they managed to get into.”

She said she has moved her stock to another storage location and added: “Even if we’d double secured it I wouldn’t have felt very relaxed about it being there.

“It was a mixture of working stock – some was reserved for events and customers. A lot of it is irreplaceable because some of the wine is no longer being made.

Each of the stolen wine bottles has the imported by Alexander Hadleigh label

“We’ve got some very understanding customers. We’ve managed to plug the gaps and replace the stock and we’re trying to get new orders and shippings in.

“It has been a bit of a blow to the business, but the customers have been very supportive and it’s business as usual.”

Some of the bottles of wine are the only type to be imported into the country so are very distinctive.

Police have only just released details of the burglary, which happened between 8pm on June 17 and 6.30am on June 18, and asked for anyone who may remember having witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the offence more than six weeks ago to contact them.

Detectives said a white Ford Iveco van, which was stolen from the address, was later found abandoned in the Wimborne area of Dorset.

Police Staff Investigator Jerry King said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about this incident to come forward. Did you see or hear anything suspicious in the area at the times of the incident. Do you recognise the wine labels? You may have been offered this wine for sale, seen it for sale, or received it as a gift.

“Much of the stolen wine can be easily identified because they are the only company to import the wine into England.”

Anyone with information should call Jerry King on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The stolen wines include:

  • Chile : Millaman Estate, Segu Wines, Santa Cecilia
  • Spain : Tagonius Gran Vino & Reserva
  • Spain : Bodegas Olarra Anarres Reserva, Otonal Tinto, Blanco
  • Loire : Ackerman – Sparkling Saumur Brut & Rose, Rose D’Anjou, Pouilly Fume
  • Rhone: Cave de Cairanne Antiques Senimaros
  • French Regional : Noble Reserve VDP, Mas Delacour VDPGard, Ch Alouettes Rouge/Blanc
  • Ch d’Esclans Provence Rose,
  • JMD Deau Pineau des Charentes Red /White
  • Italy : Zonin wines esp Chianti, Montemajone, Sensi wines esp Chianti Riserva
  • Bordeaux ; Ch Haut Pougnan Red /White
  • Chablis La Chablisienne
  • Puligny Montrachet, Henri Villamont
  • Gevrey Chambertin, Henri Villamont
  • Selection of Half Bottles – Fleurie, Chablis, Hackett Chardonnay, Hackett Shiraz

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