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Raiders force popular family firm out of business

Raiders who targeted a Cotswold high performance cycling business - making off with tens of thousands of pounds worth of stock - have spelt the end for the family firm.

Thieves struck close to 10pm on Monday, November 26, at the rural location to the east of Cirencester at Butts Courtyard in Poulton.

According to the police they smashed their way into the home of Performance Cycles before stealing bikes from the business.

The raid left a trial of devastation.

For Andy Kirk, a father of three, runs the firm with business partner Andy Wilcox, a father of one, and staff member Alex Willis, this is the end of the road for the shop.

"This is the third break in in seven weeks. We were raided back in October, when they took eight bikes," said Mr Kirk, whose business stocks such brands as Shimano, Sram and Campagnolo, is home to Performance Cycles Cycling Club, supports numerous sportive and cycling related events and is a well-known as a coffee stop among road riders.

The eight bikes stolen on October were recovered - discovered when a dog walker found them stashed at Chedworth Airfield (Gloucestershire) - but they had been damaged.

"This time they took 14 bikes, some wheels and other stock - about £30,000 in all (comprehensive details are listed below).

"We have shut the shop. We will carry on in the work shop, bike fitting and the events side of the business.

"If I was earning a six-figure salary, I might put up with it, but I am not."

Mr Kirk was full of praise for the police.

"Gloucestershire police have been brilliant. They could not have done more - short of lying in wait on the off-chance someone might raid us again.

"They were here before we were when the alarm went off and even had the sniffer dogs out. There have been a few negative comments on Facebook about them not doing enough, but that is not the case. They have been brilliant."

Security has been beefed-up at the site since the burglary.

Police said the raiders would have needed a sizeable vehicle to remove the bikes.

Work has already been taking place to strengthen security at the premises.

It is understood the business owner has been working with a private firm to further strengthen security at the premises.

Anyone with information or who saw any vehicles in the village at the time can call police on 101 quoting incident number 513 of November 26.

Details of the bikes and other equipment stolen are below

CIPOLLINI Bond - Ultegra Di2- Gloss Flu Orange / Large - frame number 761.M15BONOFV.104

Kuota Kryon Disc Red Medium (Ult eco with cosmic elite) - frame number KUR22CEMRH170110

Orbea Orca M20i-Team D 55 - frame number 01170178101

Orbea Orca M20i-Team D 53 - frame number 01170110049

Orbea Orca M20i-Team D 47 - frame number 01170126332

Orbea Orca M30 51 - frame number 01160247805

Orbea Avant H30 53 - frame number 01170000951

Orbea MX 29 10 Medium Black - frame number 01180019600

Kuota Kobalt Blk/Grn Large (105) - frame number KUR17CLGH170126

Orca Aero M30 - 55 - RED/BLK - frame number 01170058200

Orca Aero M20 black 51 - frame number TBC

Specialized Allez Elite 58 - frame number TBC

Giant Defy Disc - frame number TBC

Bianchi - frame number TBC

Mavic Cosmic Carbone UST disc wheelset

Mavic Cosmic Carbone UST wheelset

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