Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

May 24, 2005
Thieves smash their way into Boots the chemists in Burnham-On-Sea

Fire crew members outside Boots the chemists in Burnham on May 24, 2005

Firefighters and police were called to Boots, the chemists, in Burnham late on Tuesday night (May 24) after a smash-and-grab burglary.

Smoke billowed from the store in Burnham High StreetThick smoke billowed out of the store at 15, The High Street after thieves smashed their way through a glass door at the front of the premises.

A vehicle was reportedly heard leaving the scene at high speed soon after the incident, which occurred at around 10:00pm.

Martin Pople, Incident Officer with Somerset Fire Service, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Fortunately, the thick smoke coming out of the building was not the result of a fire. A smoke bomb was automatically activated by the store's alarm to deter the intruders."

A fan to clear the smoke from the store was brought across from Bridgwater so that fire crews could get inside and investigate.

Nine crew members from Burnham-On-Sea fire station attended the scene, along with police officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Anyone who has information about the incident should call police in Burnham-On-Sea on 0845 4567000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.




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