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Holland-on-Sea: Cafe owner slams "scumbag" crooks after break in
4:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A FURIOUS café owner has criticised crooks who smashed their way through the roof of her seafront eatery before being chased off by police.
Burglars targeted Flags Café on Kings Parade, Holland-on-Sea, just after the owners had left on Sunday August 25.
They made a hole in the roof, before dropping into the loft space and forcing their way down into the building.
But they tripped an alarm as they broke in and fled as sirens approached.
Owner Lesley Youngs said: “They completely wrecked the roof to get in.
“When I came back to see it I just felt angry and sick that people would do this.
“The council came to shore it up for is and we have got it fixed now. We still opened on the Monday with the temporary fix.
“We are not going to let scumbags like that stop us from running our business."
It is the latest incident in a string of attempted thefts and vandalism attacks at the café over the last few months.
The last incident saw vandals block up the locks at the café with super glue and putty, forcing it to close for a day.
After the spate of incidents Mrs Youngs is looking at installing security cameras.
Anyone with information should contact Clacton police on 101.