Crime-hit cafe owner appeals for help

Crime-hit cafe owner appeals for help

The 'boulder' used to smash a window

THE owner of a cafe in Batley is appealing for more help from the council after she was forced to pay hundreds of pounds to repair damage caused by thieves. 

The Corner Lounge, on Branch Road, was broken into at around 1.50am on Monday morning.

Suspects used a large rock to smash the bottom glass panel of the side door and also shattered a side window to gain entry to the premises. 

But as the cafe’s till is emptied at the end of every day, the thieves left empty-handed. 

Owner Angela Putterill was forced to pay for a replacement window and door panel out of her own pocket, with a total cost of just over £800.

She’s now calling on the council to provide grants to small businesses so that safety measures can be put in place to deter criminals. 

“I would have liked some support with the cost although our lease agreement doesn’t cover windows,” she said. 

“It would be ideal if there were grants for things such as shop shutters to prevent this sort of thing happening again.

“They cost between £8,000 and £10,000 which just isn’t viable for us at the moment.” 

The latest incident is the fourth time Mrs Putterill’s business has been broken into over the last eight years. 

It comes in the same week that the Savers store on Commercial Street was broken into between Tuesday evening and the early hours of Wednesday morning.

And she admitted some of her staff are scared to work alone following Monday’s vandalism.

Mrs Putterill said: “The staff have become a little scared because they’re here first thing on a morning and are wondering if anybody is going to follow them in. 

“They’ve even asked if they can work together, usually one starts at 7.30am and one starts at 8am, but they want to start at the same time now because of what’s happened.” 

A police spokesman confirmed CCTV enquiries remain ongoing and added any witnesses with information should contact 101 quoting reference 0210 of January 6. 

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