New independent business is latest target in pre-Christmas crime spike in South Manchester.

  • Independent florist is burgled and broken into twice.
  • Local councillor sets up crowdfunding page to help business owner get back on her feet.
  • Leech: "Together we will show that community spirit always triumphs."

Gemma's Floral Boutique has been the latest target in a pre-Christmas crime spike in South Manchester.

The independent florist was burgled late last week and then broken into last night. The shop was trashed with months of work being destroyed and hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Commenting on the recent spike in crime in South Manchester, former Manchester Withington MP, John Leech said: "I am really gutted and upset to hear about Gemma's Floral Boutique being broken into.

"It was not long ago that I was at the opening of the florist with Gemma and the team, and there were such high hopes for the business."

Burglars kicked the back door down before smashing the cash till taking all remaining money. Not satisfied with that, they then took large bouquets that had been made to order for Christmas parties and local funerals. The damages total more than £500.

John Leech, who was the MP for the local area from 2005 until 2015, has set up a crowdfunding page to help business owner Gemma Gill re-open her local shop.

The former MP turned local councillor, John Leech, said: "Gemma's florist was an exciting addition to South Manchester, and it's really sad that someone would do something like this just days away from Christmas, but I am confident that our community will come together and give what they can to get Gemma back on her feet.

"I know how devastated Gemma will be, and I know money is always tight at Christmas, but I would encourage anyone who can to give a few pounds, and together we will show that community spirit always triumphs."

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