Just one week after a cafe opened it was targeted by thieves who tried to steal from the adjoining cash point and caused damage in the new venue.
Trustees of the charity which owns The Grand Pavilion and the Restoration Cafe in Matlock Bath have vowed to not to let vandals beat them after a burglars tried to steal from a cash point machine by accessing it from inside the café on the ground floor of the iconic local building.
The incident happened in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, July 21.
Judy Chappell, trustee and catering manager said: “I just feel sick. Everyone had worked so hard to get the café open on time. However we won’t be beaten. We’d encourage anyone who disagrees with this attack on our pavilion to please come and visit.”
The Restoration Café was created out of funds donated by local comedian Isy Suttie, whose UK book tour earlier this year concluded at the pavilion with a sell-out stand-up act which raised more than £5000 for the charity.
Co-chairman Nick Whitehead said: “Most of the cost of the café’s move came from those funds and Restoration Café is designed to bring people to the area and to raise funds for the repair and maintenance of the building for everyone in the community.”
Co-chairman Lynn Allison added: “We think they used an angle grinder to break through the internal wall to the cash machine.
“In doing so, they destroyed some shelves and crockery in the café and one oven is broken beyond repair. Of course the mess was the worst, with dust and debris all over our beautifully restored room and broken glass in the washing up area.”, so “” remarks
The thieves were unsuccessful as their attack on the cashpoint machine ceased when an alarm went off. Anyone with information on this attack on the charity should call Derbyshire Police on 101.