A SHOP owner has been left ‘emotionally distressed’ after thieves broke in through the ceiling and burgled his newsagents.

Usman Kadva discovered that he had been targeted by criminals when he arrived at his shop, Freetown News in Bridge Street, Bury, on Sunday morning.

His son Ismail Kadva told the Bury Times that when he arrived “the shutters were still intact so he thought nothing of it”.

However after going into the newsagents the 62-year-old shopkeeper found his wares strewn about the floor and a gaping hole in the ceiling.

It is thought that the thieves had made their way in through a vacant flat above, tunnelling under the floorboards, and boring a hole into the shop below.

Once inside they ransacked packets of cigarettes from behind the counter and snatched cash from the till before making off.

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The incident was captured on the shop’s CCTV and has been reported to the police.

Mr Kadva said: “It has impacted my father quite a lot. Obviously there’s the financial impact and the we have had to upgrade the shutters and consider the safety of shop.

“My father is not very happy and the emotional distress is considerable. He’s trying to get money for his retirement and then this happens.”

He added: “We want the thieves caught. It’s not on and there have been a lot of burglaries in the area.

“Cars have been stolen from the garage nearby so obviously criminals are targetting this area.

“We know we are not going to get the money back but this needs to be stopped.”

No arrests have yet been made in connection with burglary, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say, however enquiries are ongoing.

In a statement a GMP spokesman added: "At around 7am on Sunday 15 March 2020 police were called to a report of a burglary in Bury.

"A group of offenders broke into a store on Bridge Street through a flat above the shop and stole a quantity of cash and other items."

Anyone with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.