“The metal will never die”, Bristol record shop blown away by public support after burglary

A lone male was captured on CCTV stealing cash and smashing electronics

<p>More than £3,000 has been raised for Black City Records following a burglary.</p>

More than £3,000 has been raised for Black City Records following a burglary.

A record store owner has been moved to tears by the public support shown after his shop was burgled earlier this week.

Black City Records, on Trenchard Street in the city centre, was broken into on Wednesday 7 September, at around 11.30pm with a lone male captured on CCTV.

A fundraiser was made following the announcement of the break-in which has raised £3,290 as it stands.

In a Facebook post, owner David Savage wrote: “The sheer amount of support we have received from the metal and vinyl community near and far has been something we simply cannot put into words.

“Reading your comments, messages and seeing your support since yesterday morning has genuinely had us in tears many times.

“Even now I’m welling up as I type this. You are all without doubt the greatest community in the world.”

Black City Records bills itself as “the South West’s only heavy metal record shop” and has been based on Trenchard Street for around 18 months.

Mr Savage added that he has slept on a sofa in the store since the incident to make sure it is secure.

“The last 24 hours have been an absolute rollercoaster.

“It’s been most gratefully received after night shifts on the sofa until the place is properly secure. It will take a while to psychologically put this to bed, but as far as the shop goes - we are cleaned up, straightened up and, a few IT bits excluded, pretty ready to go.”

After noticing the CCTV cameras inside the store, the suspect began to smash all the electronics he could get his hands on.

“It’s just absolutely pointless, that’s the upsetting thing. Record shop owners don’t become millionaires, we do it out of love and little else.

“Just to see it destroyed in a few minutes is absolutely heartbreaking. It’s going to be difficult getting some confidence back.”

To donate to the fund to cover the damages click here