THE owner of a city mobility shop has said it is open for business despite the front window being smashed.
William Carver, from Milton Keynes Mobility, said he was disappointed after an ‘act of mindless vandalism’ left his store with a huge crack in the window.
He said: “At the moment we have the window boarded up and people don’t know we’re open. We are serving the elderly and disabled in Bletchley and we are disappointed that thanks to a mindless act of vandalism we will suffer loss, but even more importantly so will our customers.”
The window was broken sometime on the night of Friday, May 11, but shop manager, Jane Carter, is unsure of how it happened.
She added that it was possible a bin had been thrown at the window, possibly as part of a burglary attempt. Another theory is that drunks returning home from nearby pubs vandalised it.
She said: “The force the surface was cracked. I would think they were trying to get in, but I don’t know,” she said.
“It might just have been someone very drunk who threw something at the window.
“In the past we have had curry up the windows, beer over the windows and broken bottles left outside.”
Mrs Carter is now keen to let people know that the shop is still open.
“The trouble is that it is all boarded up and that has made it dark in the shop,” she said.
“We had five or six customers in on the days after, whereas we usually have a lot more. It has definitely made a difference to business.
“I had one person say ‘I thought you were closing down’.
“We are still open for business and the glass will be replaced as soon as possible, but it will take a while to get it cut and fitted.”
She added: “At the end of the day we are a small business. Why do it?
“It is mindless. We don’t understand why they targeted us.”
Mr Carver said the attack on his store was counter productive for the High Street and its economy.
He said: “Businesses along the High Street are just looking to do their best. These acts damage the environment of Bletchley. Surely a healthy High Street would assist the economy.
“This is a good High Street but one that needs to be looked after.”
Mr Carver also took time to thank those who had helped the store stay open and who had offered their continued support.
Police are currently investigating the incident.