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Police blasted by crime hit shopkeeper

PUBLISHED: 17:51 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010

A SHOP owner has launched a stinging attack on police after his property was vandalised for the third time in six months. Imran Bashiruddin, 40, runs the Knockhall General Stores, on Knockhall Road, Greenhithe, with dad Mohammed, 75, and mum Jameel, 68.

A SHOP owner has launched a stinging attack on police after his property was vandalised for the third time in six months.

Imran Bashiruddin, 40, runs the Knockhall General Stores, on Knockhall Road, Greenhithe, with dad Mohammed, 75, and mum Jameel, 68.

The shop was left with a broken window on Tuesday, April 6, after a group of youths threw a number of bricks at it, leaving Mr Bashiruddin fuming.

He said: "They're cowards. They wear their hoodies and they stand in the dark and wait for a quiet moment to strike.

"The police showed up and just picked up the bricks for forensics. They didn't go looking for the yobs.

"Greenhithe is pretty small, so it can't be that hard to find a group of six kids in hooded tops.

"My dad is 75, what's he going to do? He's hardly going to chase them down the street."

The last time the shop was attacked, Mr Bashiruddin called 999 from his home phone and his father called from the shop.

Mohammed Bashruddin said: "We made two separate calls from different properties at around half past nine in the evening and what time did the police show up? 7.30am the following morning. It's unbelievable.

"Our shop has been attacked three times between nine and 10pm. They must know there is a problem at this sort of time so they should be here."

Imran Bashruddin added: "Greenhithe has these issues because there's no deterrent. The youths know they'll get away with it because they're fully aware no one will stop them. The lack of authority around here is shocking."

Inspector Peter Dale said: "Both Police in North Kent and Dartford Borough Council are aware of problems which have been encountered at this location in relation to sporadic instances of crime and anti-social behaviour. We are working together towards long-term solutions.

"In the shorter term, the area has been and will continue to receive increased patrolling by uniformed officers. Each isolated incident is being investigated on its own merit.

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