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Owners of Isleham's TFM Butchers left 'devastated' after thieves steal thousands of pounds worth of Christmas stock




Thieves have forced their way into an Isleham butchers, stealing thousands of pounds worth of Christmas stock and leaving the owners 'devastated'.

Between 7pm on Thursday and 6.30am on Friday TFM Butchers in the village's Fen Beck was smashed into, with around £2,000 worth of meat taken from the family business.

A gate was forced from its hinges, a metal wall was bent out of place and a lock was snapped so thieves could get into a warehouse.

Thieves broke into TFM Butchers in Fen Bank, Isleham, between 7pm on Thursday (12 December) and 6.30am the next day. (24506462)
Thieves broke into TFM Butchers in Fen Bank, Isleham, between 7pm on Thursday (12 December) and 6.30am the next day. (24506462)

While inside the gang emptied freezers containing gammon, ham, bacon, beef, pork chicken and sausages before smashing their way through to the front shop to steal more meat.

A lot of the meat was labelled and ready to be sold, with joints of pork having their weight inscribed on them in green ink.

Margaret Thompson who co-owns the family butchers, said: “We have been left absolutely devastated by the break-in.

“They took everything they could carry; meats, knives, trays and even hooks, at one of our busiest times of the year.

“The support we have received from our village and further afield has been completely overwhelming and we are pleased to say we will be fulfilling all our Christmas orders, despite this setback.”

PC James Bayer said: "This burglary has had a devastating effect on the business in the run up to Christmas.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has been offered meat from an unfamiliar source to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

Cambridgeshire Police have asked anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 35/88842/19.