A BUSINESS owner is counting the cost after goods worth £500 were stolen during an overnight raid.

Bellingham Garage Services was targeted in the early hours of Monday morning with thieves stealing money, alcohol and causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Business owner Pauline Turner said the garage had to turn customers away throughout Monday morning.

“It took me a while to open the shop again because the clean up operation was so large,” she said.

A large window was smashed to gain entry into the premises.

“There was glass everywhere inside, all over the products and on the forecourt,” she said.

“It’s going to have a big impact on a small local business. It’s so inconvenient for us”.”

Northumbria Police said three men had been arrested and were under investigation.