Thieves add to misery of flood victims

Bucks Free Press: Danny Whiting, from the production team, and Mel Bastin Danny Whiting, from the production team, and Mel Bastin

THERE was further misery for flood victims this week as thieves struck- a business had £1,200 worth of goods stolen during a clean up and in Marlow fraudsters took and sold sandbags to residents.

Amersham Blinds in School Lane, Old Amersham had tables, vases and a plant stolen overnight between February 13 and 14 as water was being pumped out of its premises.

While Marlow's mayor was "disgusted" following reports of fraudsters stealing council sandbags and attempting to sell them to flood-hit residents.

Cllr Suzanne Brown said she had heard of one couple paying £400 for sandbags, which were suspected to have been taken from Wycombe District Council delivery trucks.

She said: "We were knocking on doors and making sure residents were ok and to let them know that sandbags were coming, and we heard some people had been trying to sell them.

"We have had people taking the bags before we can get there and stealing them from different areas in town.

"I was disgusted to hear it, there were people in really dire need and to think people took advantage is horrible."

The family run business, Amersham Blinds, in Old Amersham was flooded on February 8, after the River Misbourne burst its banks.

Owners sisters Mel Bastin and Gemma Jones had to leave some of the site open more than they usually would so water could be continually pumped out of their premises.

Mel, 39, whose husband John Greenaway also runs the business with them, said: "The whole park has been flooded. Water has been pumping out of the river to divert the flood but The Maltings, where we are based, has been under a foot and a half of water, which flooded the downstairs.

"Then we were burgled last Friday morning."

Flooding has caused devastation for many in south Bucks and millions of litres of water has been pumped to try and alleviate the flooded areas.

Mel said it was a shock to find out thieves had struck after they were already coping with the floods, which she said have been "devastating."

They took over the family business, which sells blinds, tracks, curtains and poles, about seven years ago from their mother, who ran it for 35 to 40 years.

Mel said business is now back to normal they are holding a launch party for their new show room on February 27 from 2 to 8pm.

Unconfirmed reports in Marlow have also emerged that supermarkets were approached for food, with people claiming to be collecting refreshments for firefighters and then disappearing.

Inspector Scott Messenger, who heads up the Marlow policing team, said he was aware of the claims but that no official complaint has been submitted from High Street stores. He added that while sandbags are believed to have been taken, the supply from WDC was plentiful and that there were enough to go around.

Anyone with any information regarding the thefts is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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8:54am Sun 23 Feb 14

MunsterX says...

Get the police involved to investigate this thoroughly, in particular to understand whether the business owners had just been told by their insurers that stock was not covered for some reason - if the stock was then miraculously stolen the Crown Prosecution Service should come down hard and it would be nice to see the courts follow up with jail terms.
Get the police involved to investigate this thoroughly, in particular to understand whether the business owners had just been told by their insurers that stock was not covered for some reason - if the stock was then miraculously stolen the Crown Prosecution Service should come down hard and it would be nice to see the courts follow up with jail terms. MunsterX
  • Score: -52

9:02am Sun 23 Feb 14

tigeran says...

Disgusting. No doubt using this as an opportunity to top up their benefits that they use to by drugs.
Disgusting. No doubt using this as an opportunity to top up their benefits that they use to by drugs. tigeran
  • Score: -4

10:29am Sun 23 Feb 14

MunsterX says...

Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users.

Maybe truth hurts?
Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users. Maybe truth hurts? MunsterX
  • Score: -21

11:18am Sun 23 Feb 14

CatherineAB says...

Amazing how people who are too lazy to do an honest day's work, can find the energy to steal from flood victims and try to profit from their dishonesty!
Amazing how people who are too lazy to do an honest day's work, can find the energy to steal from flood victims and try to profit from their dishonesty! CatherineAB
  • Score: 16

12:22pm Sun 23 Feb 14

tigeran says...

MunsterX wrote:
Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users.

Maybe truth hurts?
I take it when you mean the truth hurts about them being benefit claimants and drug abusers then for you it must! Lol! I have to say, yours was a very foolish and ignorant comment and I have no doubt that, like it or not, mine was far more accurate than your own malicious and ridiculous comment! Fool!
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users. Maybe truth hurts?[/p][/quote]I take it when you mean the truth hurts about them being benefit claimants and drug abusers then for you it must! Lol! I have to say, yours was a very foolish and ignorant comment and I have no doubt that, like it or not, mine was far more accurate than your own malicious and ridiculous comment! Fool! tigeran
  • Score: 15

9:08pm Sun 23 Feb 14

bluefeet says...

MunsterX wrote:
Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users.

Maybe truth hurts?
MunsterX, you are making malicious insinuations about the victims. Tigeran is talking about the thieves not the shop owners! Fool!
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users. Maybe truth hurts?[/p][/quote]MunsterX, you are making malicious insinuations about the victims. Tigeran is talking about the thieves not the shop owners! Fool! bluefeet
  • Score: 9

10:33pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

CatherineAB wrote:
Amazing how people who are too lazy to do an honest day's work, can find the energy to steal from flood victims and try to profit from their dishonesty!
They are like the people in 1940 who looted bombed houses during the German air raids - everybody else was coping with an overwhelming crisis and they were seeing how they could rob their fellow citizens in their hour of need.

Maybe they do it in addition to a day's work - whichever they do they are outside decent society.
[quote][p][bold]CatherineAB[/bold] wrote: Amazing how people who are too lazy to do an honest day's work, can find the energy to steal from flood victims and try to profit from their dishonesty![/p][/quote]They are like the people in 1940 who looted bombed houses during the German air raids - everybody else was coping with an overwhelming crisis and they were seeing how they could rob their fellow citizens in their hour of need. Maybe they do it in addition to a day's work - whichever they do they are outside decent society. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

10:42pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

bluefeet wrote:
MunsterX wrote:
Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users.

Maybe truth hurts?
MunsterX, you are making malicious insinuations about the victims. Tigeran is talking about the thieves not the shop owners! Fool!
I think MunsterX is talking about the thieves too.
[quote][p][bold]bluefeet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: Rather amusing to see my post clock a "-15" rating and Tigeran's a "-1", yet Tigeran is maliciously libelling them as both benefit claimants and drug-users. Maybe truth hurts?[/p][/quote]MunsterX, you are making malicious insinuations about the victims. Tigeran is talking about the thieves not the shop owners! Fool![/p][/quote]I think MunsterX is talking about the thieves too. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 5

10:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Although it's a bit silly - we don't know what their personal habits are like.
Although it's a bit silly - we don't know what their personal habits are like. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

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