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'Heartless' thieves ransack family firm days after their mum's death

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

  • shocked: Chris Fordwoh clearing up the damage left behind at Green Light Horticulture.

  • sadly missed: Claire Price.

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GRIEVING owners of a new business have been left gobsmacked after thieves wiped out their family firm.

Just days after losing her mum to a brain tumour, Kim Fordwoh discovered burglars had helped themselves to £7,000 of uninsured stock from her Green Light Horticulture company in Quedgeley.

Kim had even left a sign on the door explaining they were not open as usual because of the bereavement.

Her mum Claire Price, 70, died at home in France on Tuesday last week.

Kim runs the business with her husband Chris and brother Dan Adams and said: "We are gobsmacked. We are so shocked. They kicked the doors in and cleared us out. We only opened in November and we have not taken a wage. We have worked like little troopers to get the business off the ground."

The family are still coping with the death of Claire, a former head of English at Tewkesbury Comprehensive School, for more than three decades. She died at her home in France, where she lived with Mike, her husband of 40 years.

Kim said: "We can't believe they have done this. It's so heartless because we even had a notice on the door to say mum had died.

"I just hope whoever did it gets caught."

The family will pay their final respects to Claire at her funeral in Brittany on Thursday.

"She was a star and very popular," said Kim. "She was well loved by so many people. We're going to miss her."

Police are looking over CCTV footage for clues but they are appealing for any information. The incident happened sometime between 1pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Monday. No arrests have been made yet. Anyone with information should call police on 101 with incident number 40 of March 4.

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  • QuiltingQueen  |  April 04 2013, 11:52AM

    My sympathies for the families loss, very sad. I find it amazing that for a couple that have worked hard and taken no salary for so long have left their stock uninsured! The timing is horrible but it seems that it could have happened any weekend, the stock would still be uninsured. I wish you both luck for the future but for goodness sake have a bit of common sense.

  • disco2disco  |  March 08 2013, 12:19PM

    In this line of business you need to be insured. Perhaps the company owners should give the police all the details of their previous customers, and the police can then visit these green fingered consumers. You never know one of your previous customers may be responsible.

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  • SqnLdrJimbo  |  March 08 2013, 10:06AM

    jackstumps, the journalist was only reporting the words of the grieving daughter. "It's a quote!!"

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  • raidermanuk  |  March 07 2013, 11:02PM

    Their web site states the business closes Saturday at 1pm, is closed on Sundays and reopens on Mondays at 10am. The police state "The incident happened sometime between 1pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Monday" The burglary took place when the business would ordinarily be closed! All any burglar had to do was look at their official opening times and act accordingly. The sign was probably just coincidental. Need to insure stock and properly secure/alarm the premises.

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  • sticks_stones  |  March 07 2013, 11:01PM

    honslknjklyt - "So, is there going to be a business walk - putting a sign on saying that the shop is going to be unmanned is NOT asking for it!!!!!!!!!!" Then you say: "Now, I fully understand that it IS an open invitation to the scum of this earth who have no regard whatsoever for other people or their property and I agree. I think it was a bit of a daft thing to do, especially with uninsured items. The criminals who have done this should be severely punished." Let us be honest here: - "Green Light Horticulture"- are supplying equipment to people, who end-up in the 'long run' getting done for cannabis cultivation...strange, but true!

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  • MrGarnet  |  March 07 2013, 10:24PM

    Get rid of the pathetic "Human rights act" and put criminals in jail or 6ft under. Beyond a joke.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  March 07 2013, 5:12PM

    So, is there going to be a business walk - putting a sign on saying that the shop is going to be unmanned is NOT asking for it!!!!!!!!!! Now, I fully understand that it IS an open invitation to the scum of this earth who have no regard whatsoever for other people or their property and I agree. I think it was a bit of a daft thing to do, especially with uninsured items. The criminals who have done this should be severely punished. We do have to take precaution and I understand why this lady put the sign in her door. Without that sign customers might just think it is closed or closed up for good and not go back again. The sign informs people that she is still operational. There are many shops in Gloucester that are just closed. No reason why and so we simply assume they are just closed, gone, bust. It is an awful thing that has happened and I don't know what I would have done in that circumstance, but I would have been insured if leaving my livelihood out of sight. Criminals will take advantage of these situations. Harsher sentences and less listening to mitigating circumstances to set an example. Crime in this country is allowed through the back door. Kate Haigh - are you listening - Business walk please. This lady had a dilemma and she was damned whatever she did, the friday night "****s" have no dilemma, they choose to dress that way. This is a more important campaign but she wouldn't touch it with a barge pole I bet. Tragic.

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  • Hectare Rood  |  March 07 2013, 4:50PM

    You have my deepest sympathy not only for the loss of your stolen business goods but also for the loss of your mother. I hope good fortune smiles on you in the months to come.

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  • QwertyOS  |  March 07 2013, 3:43PM

    Hope they get back on their feet again. Sadly all that hard work down the drain to pay for some chavs lifestyle. Unfortunately, the 7k`s worth of equipment will be sold for a fraction of the value to pay for some form of addiction. Why was it not insured?

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  • sticks_stones  |  March 07 2013, 1:43PM

    I just hope whoever did it gets caught" Oh yes they will get caught - when the police get round to busting their 'growroom'...

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