THE owner of the Sweet Jar says she went into "full-on meltdown mode" when she found her business had been burgled. 

Jars and boxes full of confectionery were stolen from the sweet shop on Vicar Street in Kidderminster during a raid on Sunday night (January 28). 

Louise Dance was forced to close her shop for two days after the front door was smashed up, which also led to a "significant" loss of earnings. 

The 36-year-old said: "It's just so upsetting and frustrating.

"It's a big blow. Business is hard anyway, but for smaller businesses the rising costs, it's killing towns, it's killing businesses".

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She has been spending the week cleaning up glass from the shop, which is now set to reopen on Wednesday (January 31). The shop door window has now been boarded up after the break-in. 

She said: "It's meant to be a fun, happy place. Seeing it all boarded up now - it's horrible". 

She thanked customers for their words of support following the incident.

Ms Dance added: "We've had so many messages and comments. It's been overwhelming. The support that we've been shown - that's been really nice".

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said the incident is now being investigated. 

The windows of the nearby shops Greggs, Café Nero and Clintons Cards were also smashed on Sunday night. A man has been charged with criminal damage however, police are not linking him to the incident at the Sweet Jar.