Shell-shocked shop boss Abm Shamim is still counting the cost of a £25,000 smash-and-grab raid at his store.
Burglars left a trail of destruction in their wake after breaking into Fair Tech Computers - which specialises in mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices – last month.
As well as being left to foot a £10,000 repair bill after electronic shutters were damaged, an alarm was ripped from the wall and glass cabinets were broken, £15,000 of stock was taken during the ransacking.
The 45-year-old, who has owned the store for four years, says his business has been badly ‘harmed’ by the break-in.
He said; “It has been really harmful for the business. It will take a long time to recover from this.
“My business has slumped since this.
“There has been a lot of expense.”
Speaking after the raid, he said the culprits had damaged his ‘livelighood’.
He said: “It is very, very upsetting. This is my livelihood.
“They have taken about £15,000 of stock. Everything from tablets to iphones and ipads.
“They have shattered the glass cabinets and taken down shelves, and the damage they have caused will be another £10,000 to repair.”