10th Dec, 2016

Traders joy at offer to pay for damage

Aaron Wise 17th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PROUD town butcher has hailed Pershore’s ‘community spirit’ after a couple who smashed his shop window over the festive period, owned up and paid for the damage.

David Goodyear, the owner of Manor Farms butchery on the High Street, thought his year was going to end on a bad note after finding out his shop’s front window had been shattered either on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

The Pershore town councillor was enjoying the festive period in Southampton, when he received a call from the police on Sunday, December 27 at 7am, telling him the bad news and that if he didn’t drive the 112 mile journey back north, they would have to send out emergency boarding.

After making the trip back to his shop, it looked like he would have to cover the costs following no sign of the perpetrators.

However he told the Observer he was then ‘shocked’ when a letter was pushed through his door from the couple involved, not only admitting their guilt, but taking full responsibility for the damage and offering to pay for the replacement window.

“I couldn’t believe it when I read the letter. I’m still a bit taken back by it all,” said Mr Goodyear.

“The couple actually came to meet me to apologise and cover the costs, which would’ve been three times higher had the police boarded up the building as it was during the festive period. Thankfully I returned home.

“The window is fixed now. Since they owned up its been a very quick process to sort everything.

“I think this just show what a great community we live in and to have the bottle to own up in the first place is very impressive in itself,” he added.

Chairman of Wychavon District Council and fellow Pershore town councillor, Val Wood said: “It’s great to have some good news to start the year.

“It was a pleasure to hear this story and it’s nice to know those involved came forward.

“Perhaps this illustrates the community spirit Pershore has and I know from personal experience, that more than often if anything is left in a shop it’s usually returned even if it involves cash.

“Long may shopping prosper in our small market towns and let us hope this year continues on a positive note,” she added.