Northern Ireland

Teamwear Ireland: '£10K worth' of sportswear samples stolen

Teamwear Ireland Image copyright John Anderson
Image caption Police said the burglary happened sometime between 20:30 BST on Tuesday night and 07:00 on Wednesday

Thousands of pounds worth of sportswear samples have been stolen from a shop at Stockman's Way in south Belfast.

The manager of Teamwear Ireland, John Anderson, said staff arrived for work on Tuesday to find the front doors of the shop had been smashed.

Branded sportswear samples, three computers, an iPad and cash were taken in the overnight theft.

Mr Anderson said he believes he has lost up to £10,000 worth of Nike, Joma, Samurai and Kappa samples.

He told the BBC that he is not hopeful of getting the items back.

Image copyright John Anderson
Image caption Thousands of pounds worth of samples were stolen, as well as computers and a sum of cash

"Speaking to the police about it, it may be something that's hard to track but they're studying CCTV.

"It's unnecessary to target a business like ourselves, who are just trying to do our best to create a living and and to provide a good service to our customers. Hopefully we'll get something back but we'll just have to wait and see."

The company says it provides a number of teams including Coleraine Football Club with their kits.

Insp Barry Black said: "I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area, or who has any information to contact officers at Lisburn Road police station on the non-emergency number 101."