King’s Lynn shop owner ‘considering selling up’ after row over anti-police sign

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A Lynn shopkeeper is considering his future in the town centre after a number of incidents at his Norfolk Street base.

Paul Stothers - owner of the Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe - has become disillusioned with the town.

A disturbance behind his premises on Sunday was the final straw for the owner who has been at the shop for four years.

The latest in a number of recent incidents prompted for Mr Stothers to display a notice in the front of his shop window.

The notice said: “No police officers on or off duty are allowed in this shop.”

It’s appearance sparked controversy on the social media sites of Twitter and Facebook.

Mr Stothers told the Lynn News: “I posted the poster in the window because of an on-going situation being investigated at the moment which I can’t go into details of.

“I apologise if the poster offended anyone. It wasn’t meant to offend anybody, it is a personal opinion from my own personal experiences.

“It’s not Mr Simms’ view, it’s not my staff’s view, it is my view and again I apologise if I offended anyone.”

The notice was taken down later that day with Mr Stothers saying: “I have now taken the poster down because my staff have been a little bit upset by the response.”