Heartbreak of Hucknall baby shop owners after raiders stole their stock

Darrel Sharp in his baby wear and equipment shop, Louby Lous, on Watnall Road, which was broken into.
Darrel Sharp in his baby wear and equipment shop, Louby Lous, on Watnall Road, which was broken into.

A couple whose baby shop was wrecked by thieves have spoken of their heartbreak after three quarters of their stock was taken.

Thieves smashed the front door of Louby Lou’s Baby Shop on Watnall Road, in Hucknall, between 3am and 3.30am on Saturday 28th March, taking nine prams, eight baby bouncers, six Moses baskets, foot-muffs and linen.

Owners Darryl and Lorretta Sharp, who opened the business in September 2009, found the till smashed open and the cash float gone, nearby. A passer-by spotted the damage at around 5.30am and hailed a passing police car.

Loretta (40) said: “They went through everything and made a terrible mess. They kicked open the firedoor to the kitchen so the door frame will have to be replaced. They even scattered sweets that we keep in a jar for the kids.

“I don’t know why they did it. This is the first time anything like this has happened.”

Darryl (61) said: “It’s put a strain on us financially. We will have to get ourselves up and running again. But it makes you feel like throwing in the towel.”

The remaining stock was found boxed up and Darryl believes the thieves may have been disturbed.

Big-hearted Hucknall folk have helped the owners by donating items of stock.

Loretta, who lives in Basford in Nottingham, said: “We would like to say a big thankyou to all the people who have helped us.

“People have really rallied around and brought us stock when they heard about it.

“We have got a lot of friends in Hucknall through the shop. People come in and have a cup of tea. We have a really good relationship with them.”

CCTV footage from a nearby shop shows the thieves making off with goods, but unfortunately is not clear enough to reveal their identities.

But Darryl, who reconditions some of the prams himself, says he can recognise his own work and is appealing for people who may have bought, or been offered, baby equipment, to contact police.

The shop is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.