Maureen Sorali-King was so fed up with thieves targeting Grandma's Attic in Edenbridge High Street, she donned a disguise and played detective herself. She told the Courier: "The police are so busy you have to do it yourself. Maybe they might do something if I got stabbed.
"I've been treated diabolically and I'm sick of it."You aren’t the only one!
On August 29 a group of people stole about £7,000 worth of Royal Crown Derby crockery from the shop. Ms Sorali-King's sophisticated seven-camera CCTV network recorded images of a man, three women and a child and she immediately sought to give the footage and photos to the police but found they were often busy.Really? How come? Could it be because of what they show?
So she took matters into her own hands, disguising herself with a charity shop wig before heading up to Essex on the trail of the culprits.
Since then she has visited travellers' camps across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, where she believes she will find those guilty of the crimes.Well, well, well….
She has passed on findings from her undercover operation, including a sighting of a vehicle she believed was involved, to the police but said their response was simply to stay away from the traveller sites.
Undeterred, she now plans to plaster the front of her store with more than 30 photos of those she believes are responsible.I bet that brings them round to her shop! Probably to whine about the suspects ‘human rights’.
A spokesman for Kent Police said… police had struggled to reach Ms Sorali-King by phone …Eh? Dial buttons too small for fat plod fingers? Lost the station handset down the back of the staff room sofa?
… but they had reviewed their response and said the correct procedures had been adhered to.How can this possibly be the case? Surely ‘the correct procedures’ would have been to get the CCTV and distribute it as widely as possible?