Second break-in at Grove Park Café

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 May 2015

The damage to the Grove Park Café.

The damage to the Grove Park Café.

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A POPULAR Weston café was ‘ransacked’ by vandals for the second time in less than a month – leaving it with an uncertain future.

Grove Park Café, proprietor John Horler.Grove Park Café, proprietor John Horler.

Owner John Horler described the raid at the Grove Park Café in Grove Park, Weston, as ‘vandalism for the sake of it’.

Four windows were smashed, freezers broken and food thrown around the park in the incident in the early hours of Monday morning.

It was the second time the café has been targeted, as last bank holiday a window was smashed and thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen or destroyed.

Mr Horler will be talking to North Somerset Council planning officers for advice on whether they will be able to put metal shutters over the windows.

He will wait and see what can be done before he makes any decision on whether to continue running the café.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It’s gone beyond a joke now.

“It’s vandalism for the sake of it. They took drinks and cakes and threw things all across the park.

“This year is worse than it has ever been. I think they are just running riot now.

“Because the park is not locked at night they can come in whatever time they like and cause damage.”

Police arrested two teenagers – aged 15 and 18 – on suspicion of burglary and they have both been released on bail.

The café has been trashed so many times, Mr Horler said he is unable to get insurance on the windows.

Mr Horler said: “The last time, quite a few kids came in the café and said sorry to hear about it.

“Mostly kids are great and we get on well with them.

“But when you get bad apples, you have to make sure you punish them.

“There are not strong enough deterrents against doing this.

“We have four staff here and they had to spend all day cleaning up. It’s awful.”

Two teenagers, aged 18 and 17, were arrested in connection to the first burglary, and were released on bail.

Opera singer Tim Pitman will give a free concert in the park from 2.30-5pm to raise money for the cafe’s repairs.

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