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Firm's future in balance after raids

PUBLISHED: 08:09 28 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:41 07 July 2010

The boss of a village engineering firm is looking at closing down his business after a second burglary in a matter of weeks.

Thieves raided the Manley Engineering plant at Weasenham St Peter, and stole a number of dog runs and kennels made by the company as well as three sets of ornate wrought-iron gates at the entrance to the premises worth around £20,000.

THE boss of a village engineering firm is considering closing down his business after a second burglary in a matter of weeks.

Thieves raided the

Manley Engineering plant at Weasenham St Peter and stole a number of dog runs and kennels made by the company, as well as three sets of ornate wrought-iron gates at the entrance to the premises, worth around £20,000.

It was the second attack on Neville Manley's premises in a few weeks. Burglars struck in December and took three motorcross bikes - one intended as his 10-year-old son's Christmas present.

The latest raid happened last Wednesday night when thieves took six dog runs and kennels and three sets of heavy wrought iron gates from the entrance to the Fakenham Road premises. It is understood the raid happened between 11.30pm and 1.30pm.

Mr Manley, 49, believes the burglary was the work of the same gang that struck before.

The gang also stole a red and white Iveco recovery truck to take away the stolen goods and took a battery because the one on the truck was flat.

Mr Manley, a skilled blacksmith, said he had been in business for 18 years and worked hard to build up his business, but has become "totally disheartened" by the second attack on his premises. He runs the business with his wife, Alison and James Cawkill.

"I have tried to build up a good business for my children, but following this latest incident I just feel it is not worth carrying on and am seriously thinking

about throwing in the towel," he said.

Police are appealing to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has

any information about the burglary to contact PC Matthew Boggust at Swaffham police station on 0845 4564567 or anonymously on 0800 555111.

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