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Clandeboye's honesty shop is 'torn apart' by raiders

By Rachel Martin

Thieves tore apart Clandeboye Estate's honesty shop in a devastating attack over the weekend.

Vandals dragged a safe from the wall and smashed glass in the farm's dairy as they raided the small self-serve store in Bangor, Co Down.

The farm's manager discovered the damage when he arrived to start work at 5am.

It is thought the yoghurt shop was broken into through the farm's milking parlour.

The estate, owned by Lady Dufferin, makes yoghurt that is sold in the shop along with raw milk from its small herd of prize-winning pedigree Jersey and Holstein cows and free-range eggs from the estate's hens.

A safe used for the honesty shop was ripped off the wall and carried off site and the glass door into the office was also smashed.

The shop allows members of the public to buy yoghurt, eggs and milk on the farm.

"It's an honesty shop and we are very trusting about who uses it. We don't want to have lots of glaring cameras up around it," Clandeboye yoghurt manager Bryan Boggs said.

The estate has recently secured several large deals to supply supermarkets and in April installed a second pot filling line in a £70,000 investment to support a deal to supply Aldi. The company also supplies Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda as well as the Hastings Hotels group and several restaurants.

"It's a pain really - it's not the kind of thing you want to come in to see at five in the morning," it said in a statement. It's disappointing and very personal for the guys who work in the dairy - one of them lives on site, so his bungalow is right beside the parlour.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday, December 17 and 5.10am on Sunday, December 18, the shop was broken into and a sum of money was taken. Anyone who knows anything about this incident is asked to contact Newtownards police station on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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