Community rallies round to help Seacombe shopkeeper after burglary
A MERSEYSIDE shopkeeper “wept tears of gratitude” after his community rallied round to help when a burglary threatened to put him out of business.
The whip-round helped the owner of Nelson’s News, in Wallasey, to afford to buy new stock and newspapers after thieves stole his takings.
The shop was targeted on Christmas Eve when the burglars removed bricks from the back of the building and emptied the safe.
Shop owner Nelson Shardey said he heard noises downstairs during the early hours and went to investigate.
He heard someone running away and then saw bricks were missing from near the window. Hundreds of pounds and packets of cigarettes were stolen.
Mr Shardey said: “They came in and took my savings, the money which was supposed to be paying for my newspapers.
“I had not renewed my insurance because the premiums were sky high. It was my worst Christmas.
“Then the community went house to house and did a collection to allow me to buy newspapers.
“I was so moved and I want people to know how much I appreciate this – I never expected they would do that for me.
“I was in tears with gratitude. There are good people around.”
Mr Shardey, who has run the shop in Borough Road, Seacombe, with his wife Marie since 1991, also lives above the business, which is open from 5am to 8pm.
In 2007 he received one of the ECHO’s Mersey Marvel awards after he saved his delivery-man friend Eddie “The Bread” Leahey from a baseball bat attack and grappled with a robber.
Seacombe Cllr John Salter also paid tribute to Mr Shardey and the community who helped him out.
He said: “I have known Nelson for many years and can say people in the area really love him. It is a little shop but this just shows the admiration people have for him.
“It is a heart-warming story and shows what people here are like.
“Seacombe is a poor area but it was amazing the money people raised to help him out.”
A spokeswoman for Merseyside police confirmed they are investigating the burglary.