Thieves branded ‘healthiest rats in city’ after protein store raid

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Thieves who raided a Liverpool fitness store have been branded the 'healthiest rats in the city' after making off with vitamins and protein bars.

Staff at Fitness Factory, in Old Swan, discovered the break-in in the early hours of Saturday, 9 May when an employee was alerted by neighbours.

Photos from the scene of the break-in show protein shakers and supplements scattered across the floor of the shop and damage to the front door.

Thieves, described as the 'healthiest rats in Liverpool', made off with protein bars and vitamins after breaking into Fitness Factory in Old Swan

In a post on social media, store owner Marc Byrne dubbed the thieves the "healthiest rats in Liverpool" after they made off with a range of protein bars, vitamins and supplements.

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The post read: "Well 2020 is the gift that keeps on giving isn’t it.

"Little rats in Old Swan broke in and stole protein bars, they also took PNI Supplements protein and a load of vitamins so at least they will be the healthiest rats in Liverpool."

The break in has been reported to Merseyside Police who were approached for comment.

Speaking about the impact of the burglary, Marc said that 2020 was proving an especially difficult year already for his business but that he was determined to "crack on".

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Thieves, described as the 'healthiest rats in Liverpool', made off with protein bars and vitamins after breaking into Fitness Factory in Old Swan

Marc told the ECHO : "Given the height of the pandemic this is not the best time for something like this to happen to us.

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"We started our business back in 2008 during a recession so it will take more than this to bring us down.

"We just want to crack on and get back to normal.

"A small minority of idiots are not going to stop us."

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