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West Midlands Police apologise to burglary-hit company

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Media captionFive-times burgled business could quit Birmingham

Police have apologised to a business owner whose firm was burgled five times in the space of a fortnight.

Thieves cut through the wall of Sabre Jetting Services, in Tyseley, Birmingham, and stole equipment worth £8,000.

Boss David Malin said he felt there was a lack of support from police and had considered moving out of the city.

West Midlands Police said it wanted to reassure Mr Malin it was taking the burglaries very seriously.

'Gutted'

Mr Malin said he felt "very, very disappointed".

The businessman's firm, which breaks up old roads and buildings using high-powered water jets, was set up by his father in 1986.

Mr Malin, who said he had lived in the Moseley and Hall Green areas all his life, said he felt "really gutted".

"We've been in Birmingham for 20 odd years," he said.

"It makes me think that really we should be moving somewhere where there's less crime or where we get some support from the police."

Supt Basit Javid, from Stechford police station, said he would like to reassure the owner the force was "taking these incidents seriously".

"We have followed up every line of enquiry available to us, including CCTV and forensic opportunities.

"We also work closely with second hand shops, scrap metal dealers and other traders, so that they can be alert to any stolen property."

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