Quick repair response praised after thieves get in through a store roof

Baker Tony Thomas, of Ham Corner, outside Todmorden Market Hall
Baker Tony Thomas, of Ham Corner, outside Todmorden Market Hall

A businessman has praised Calderdale Council for prompt action in repairing a roof damaged by thieves who broke in to steal from a market building.

Baker Mr Tony Thomas, of Ham Corner in Todmorden Market Hall, also has a store and preparation unit along with other traders next to the main hall, and said it had been broken into last Tuesday night, September 10, or the very early hours of Wednesday morning, September 11.

This followed some break-ins at the market about five days prior to that which had affected several traders, he said.

He said that the council often came in for criticism but deserved praise for the speed with which they had made good damage caused by burglars.

“On Wednesday I went into work about 3am and they had broken into the washroom. I undid the lock on my door and there was stuff scattered everywhere,” he said.

He wondered how they had managed to get in and then noticed damage to his roof and that was how they had managed to do it.

“They had taken a camera which I was using to take pictures of cakes and my best French knife which has been my ‘best mate’ since I was an apprentice. I will never be able to replace it,” he said.

Tony suspects it had been thrown into the nearby River Calder. Later on Wednesday morning a shop owner came to see him and asked if he had lost his camera.

They had been sold one but having seen Tony in pictures on it realised it was his. Tony bought it back and was thankful the man had come to him.

Tony praised Calderdale for their speedy efforts in repairing the damage.

Having reported it - still early in the morning - to the markets manager, a full repair was done within the day.

“I reported it at about 5am, the markets manager picked up his phone, rang me back and it was mended by 3pm on Wednesday afternoon.

“Calderdale have done a good thing here.

“ It could have been a lot, lot worse but they have done their job and I’d like to thank them,” he said.

A police spokesman said anyone with any information about break-ins should ring 101 or Crimestoppers, where information can be given anonymously, on 0800 555 111.