Disbelief at dead mouse thrown into delicatessen

PUBLISHED: 08:26 16 February 2015

Andrew and Sarah Dickinson at Delytes Delicatessen. Ref exb 7541-07-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Andrew and Sarah Dickinson at Delytes Delicatessen. Ref exb 7541-07-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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The owners of a Budleigh Salterton delicatessen have been left shocked after a passer-by threw a dead mouse into their shop.

Andrew and Sarah Dickinson, of Delytes Delicatessen, came across the animal in the middle of a day’s trading - in the middle of the shop floor.

Panicking about a potential infestation, they searched for others, but, on checking the shop’s CCTV, saw footage of the mouse being thrown in through the door.

Mr Dickinson, 52, said he was stunned by the apparent attack on the High Street business he and his wife have owned for three years, and which has a maximum five-star hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency.

He said: “I just couldn’t believe someone could do that.

“I didn’t think there were people in the world who could do something like that.

“To my mind, it was unprovoked. We haven’t done anything to anybody.”

The mouse was thrown into the shop at around midday, while Mr and Mrs Dickinson were in the kitchen. It was not seen by any customers, but Mr Dickinson says its discovery caused a ‘blind panic’, while he and his wife desperately searched for others, fearing they really did have a rodent problem.

“It would have ruined us completely, something like that. We wouldn’t have wanted to carry on, because we would have felt we’d failed if we really did have mice in our shop.”

Mr Dickinson initially reviewed the CCTV hoping to see from where in the shop the mouse had emerged, only to suddenly see the rodent ‘fly through the air’ into the middle of the floor.

He has reported the matter to the police, and environmental health officers.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said that someone had been spoken to voluntarily about the incident, but no arrests had been made, and no further action was being taken at this stage.

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