Knives stolen as Telford cafe and dance company hit by burglars

By Rob Smith | Telford | Crime | Published:

Burglars took thousands of pounds worth of technology and equipment from a Telford cafe, including about 20 knives.

The Willow Cafe and the Laura Deighton Dance Company in Halesfield, Telford, were both hit by a break-in on Sunday night.

The burglars broke through a door at Halesfield 22, which houses both companies, and took televisions and knives while smashing glass and scattering food and drink around the cafe.

"I just stood and cried," said the cafe's manager Teresa Pagett. "It's your business that you're trying to set up.

"We've only been open 12 months, it's not great.

"They've kicked the back door in and smashed their way into the cafe.

"They took the television and the till, they've left the fridge door open and thrown things over the floor. It's a mess."

Teresa said the burglars emptied two knife blocks which housed about 20, including one high-end 12-inch blade.

She said the financial loss would be about £1,500, and that televisions and laptops were taken from the dance company.

The cafe delayed its opening time indefinitely, and may not re-open today.

West Mercia Police and the Laura Deighton Dance Company have been approached for comment.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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