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Leo's staff won't let the latest break-in dampen their spirits.


By Rachel Armitage


A third burglary in nine years won’t stop a family-run business providing excitement for families.

Leo’s Play Centre, located on Northgate in Newark, was broken into on Saturday evening, with the offender breaking a window and rifling through their office.

This is the third time that Leo’s has been broken into in the nine years the business has been operating.

Tracey Benson, Julija Gadisauskaite, Leo the Lion, Steven Andrews. (15483940)
Tracey Benson, Julija Gadisauskaite, Leo the Lion, Steven Andrews. (15483940)

On this occasion nothing was taken, but co-owner Mrs Tracey Benson, who runs the soft play centre with her husband Paul, said that it had left them and the staff shaken.

Mr and Mrs Benson have also been foster carers for local children for 23 years.

Mrs Benson said: “We lead very busy lifestyles and now we’ve had to juggle sorting out this break-in as well as everything else, we really didn’t need this stress.”

The latest break-in has left the team frustrated but determined that they won’t let it stop them providing a fun and safe place for families to play:

“We’re still here with a smile and we won’t let this stop us,” Mrs Benson said, “Sometimes it is very hard work and you just want to curl up, but you’ve just got to get on with it.”

Leo’s opened as usual the day after the break-in once the staff had cleaned up the broken glass.

Mrs Benson said: “We would very much like to pay no attention to the mindless criminals who decided to break into our family-run business, rummage through our things and cause us so much distress.

“Instead we would like to focus on the positives, and thank our staff firstly for their amazing services, for the hard work they all put in here day in day out and for all of you that support our business.”



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