Rayleigh Town Centre :Three Purses Snatched; Marks And Spencer Delayed Until Early Next Year

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The Echo has recently had two news stories about Rayleigh Town Centre.;

First of all, three elderly ladies have had their purses snatched, apparently from open shopping bags :

Det Sgt Lione added that they had no suspects for the purse snatchings yet, but they could be linked to previous shoplifting incidents where Eastern European suspects seem to be responsible.

She said: ?We have had a few incidents over the last six months and it has mostly been Eastern Europen suspects.

?It does appear that Rayleigh is being targeted at the moment.

?We are trying as much as possible to patrol the High Street on market days and give advice to elderly shoppers.?

Purse chains and bells are available to collect at Rayleigh Police Station.

Secondly, the opening of Marks and Spencers is now scheduled for early next year:

A HUGE new M&S food store being built in Rayleigh will not open until early next year.

The new Marks and Spencer store is replacing the former Co- Op supermarket, in Eastwood Road.

However, it emerged asbestos has been found in the building, which is now being removed.

M&S has denied the discovery has delayed the opening of the store, but it does mean Rayleigh is without a town centre supermarket until next year.

A spokesman for Marks and Spencer said: ?We always planned to open next year and we are on track to do so.

?The management of asbestos is very common in dealing with buildings built before the Nineties. It has not affected the launch date…..?