Martin Read – Business Reporter
Horsham is a law abiding town so it comes as something of a shock when one of our pleasant, traditional, very long established local family businesses suffers the type of break in more associated with big city crime. But, that is what has happened at Trelfers Jewellers in East Street early last Sunday morning. It was a smash and grab in every sense of the words – the robber penetrated the steel shutters and then broke through the plate glass door at the shop just after 6.30am, snatching what was immediately available and escaping within two minutes, making off with a dozen or so pairs of silver cufflinks and an Air Ambulance charity box.
Trelfers was established in 1881, making the business the oldest jewellers in the town. After originally trading as B.H. Trelfer, Watch & Clock maker of Capel and Horsham, they commenced occupation of the current premises at 9 East Street as long ago as 1907, trading as Trelfer & Co, a truly independent family business, selling quality products and providing repairs with good, experienced advice and friendly service, now administered by the Cox family. Terry Cox joined the company as a watch and clock maker in 1953, going on to become the Manager before subsequently becoming the owner. Terry’s son John worked with his father from a young age and today runs the business with his wife Pauline, saying: “The police responded immediately after the call was received via Alarm Monitoring and were there within 20 minutes. The alarm worked perfectly, but what annoys us both more than anything is the taking of the Air Ambulance charity box.” Customers’ items and high value stock were unaffected because the shop safe far exceeds the requirements imposed by the insurers, but, on top of the annoyance and inconvenience of the break in, insult was added to injury – John and Pauline Cox explaining: “HDC wardens gave us a parking ticket despite us being parked across the street – in a loading bay – but with a note on the dashboard stating why!”
Any witnesses to the break in, or anyone with any information concerning the crime are asked to contact the police online quoting serial 268 of 08/04.