Businessman may relocate due to break-ins

EXCLUSIVE By Maggie Gibson JOHN Foster says he may move his highly successful business out of Fenland after his vehicle compound was raided twice in two days. He has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in a business park in Wisbech and employs more t

EXCLUSIVE

By Maggie Gibson

JOHN Foster says he may move his highly successful business out of Fenland after his vehicle compound was raided twice in two days.

He has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in a business park in Wisbech and employs more than 100 workers but says the break-ins are making him think again.


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Mr Foster said: "I don't think anything will put these people off. We have put a lot of money into this venture and tried to build an attractive business park and this is what happens.

"I am seriously thinking of relocating and the town will lose out. I can't afford security guards at night and I have never seen a police patrol in the area. I have had so much vandalism over the years that I have given up reporting it to the police."

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In the first break-in, intruders badly damaged five vehicles and stole some tools. The following day another vehicle was damaged and the intruders made off with a Renault Trafic van.

Mr Foster operates Foster Property Maintenance from a four-acre business park in Boleness Road.

He said: "This has been a major inconvenience to the business. When I realised we had been done a second time I was spitting feathers. My workers have been disgusted by it."

Foster Property Maintenance was established in 1976 by Mr Foster. It soon became a national player in the specialist field of blast cleaning and protective coatings with a turn-over of almost one and a half million pounds.

In 2003 the name changed to Foster Property Maintenance and the business has diversified to work with providers of social housing such as Nene Housing and Fenland District Council. It was sister company, Foster Property Developments, which started work in 2005 on the four-acre business park with its purpose built warehouse and offices as phase one.

Mr Foster said: "Wisbech is a good central position for us but I will consider relocating to Huntingdon, Peterborough or King's Lynn."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Adam Pearce on 0845 456 456 4.

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