Thieves snatch charity boxes and staff tips in latest Birstall burglary

Thieves snatch charity boxes and staff tips in latest Birstall burglary

A CAFE owner is hoping to meet police and local politicians following a string of burglaries in Birstall. 

Andrew Pailing, who owns Cobbles Cafe in Market Place with his wife Donna, has requested the meeting after their business was targeted by thieves on Sunday evening.

After being captured on CCTV peering through the glass, two men returned later in a car and then smashed the front window, before running into the premises and stealing a staff tips jar and two charity boxes.

CCTV images showing the thieves carrying out the attack have been shared on social media hundreds of times and Mr Pailing said he was confident they would be brought to justice.

“We have had a fantastic response online and hopefully they are caught,” he said.

A number of local businesses have been targeted in recent months.

Priestley’s Cafe Bar, Batley’s Cellar Bar, Birstall Trades club, the Old Wine and Spirit Vaults on Huddersfield Road, The Sheaf Bar and Bistro, Birstall Cricket Club, Six Lane Ends club on Leeds Road and the Black Horse at White Lee have all reported burglaries.

Mr Pailing admitted that he would like to see more done but acknowledged the police faced an uphill battle.

“I think people are just fed up of these breaks-ins, as it is customers who are faced with inconvenience as well as the businesses.

“A number of people on Facebook have asked for a meeting with the police and the local MP to see what more can be done.

“I understand the police are stretched at the moment but an increased police presence is needed.”

The Press’s front page from two weeks ago (March 10) carried the story of Priestley’s Cafe Bar owner Clarke Rothwell, who claimed that Kirklees Police were leaving local businesses at the mercy of gangs of thieves.

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