Two men have been arrested after £5,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from a convenience store.

The pair were held on suspicion of burglary in connection with a break-in at supermarket in Chalvedon Square, Pitsea, which happened on November 29.

The two men, aged 34 and 36 from Basildon, were released on police bail until December 27.

After the incident, furious owner, Bipin Patel, said he and his staff were left feeling unsafe in their business.

The shop owners said they were forced to close for most of the day after the incident.

The 57-year-old owner added he has run his shop for about 18 years now and has had a few issues in the past.

He said that his family has been working hard to build up their business and trade and claim that someone decided to break into his shop and takes it away.

Reacting to the raid the shop keeper said said he could believe what has happened at his shop and it’ll take him a long time to get back the stock that was taken in the break-in.