Burglars steal from store affected by Worthing blaze

The Thomas Food and Wine store in Rectory Road, Worthing
The Thomas Food and Wine store in Rectory Road, Worthing

A food and wine store affected by the fire that ripped through a number of premises in Worthing has been burgled.

Ten fire engines spent hours putting out the fire in eight flats, originally thought to be ten, and five shops opposite the Thomas A Becket pub in Rectory Road, Worthing, on the evening of August 27.

Damage to the flats in Rectory Road, Worthing, the day after the blaze took hold

Damage to the flats in Rectory Road, Worthing, the day after the blaze took hold

Among the affected shops was Thomas Food and Wine, which was closed due to the incident.

But burglars have targeted the store and stole from the business.

Sussex Police said the owners of Thomas Food and Wine discovered the burglary at 7.30pm on Thursday, having left the premises secure at 12.30pm the previous day. Cigarettes, alcohol and cash were stolen.

A spokesman said: “Anyone with any information about the break-in is asked to report online at https://sussex.police.uk/appealresponse or call 101 quoting serial 1154 of 30/08.”

Click here to watch a video of firefighters tackling the blaze.

In the aftermath of the fire, the Thomas A Becket pub became a focal point for the relief effort, and was inundated with donations from the community.

Click here to read about the experience of one flat owner, who has lost all his possessions in the fire not long after breaking his femur.