A POPULAR local cafe was broken into over the weekend leaving the owner 'upset and disappointed'.

The break in was at the Cafe Viaduct on Grandstand Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Alex Daw, the owner, said the building was damaged and various items were stolen.

He said: "The break-in was about 2.30am on Sunday morning. The police came as soon as we discovered what had happened.

"There was some damage to the property which is now repaired, various items were stolen and we were limited with what we could sell on Sunday while we were clearing up and making the building secure again."

Mr Daw added: "It is very upsetting and disappointing as a small business after struggling through Covid lockdowns and now there is the extra expense and stress of dealing with this - along with the lost trade.

"We are back open with a full menu now.

"We’ve had a lot of very kind supportive messages and social media comments from our lovely customers and friends."

West Mercia Police are currently investigating the incident. If you saw anything or know anything about the break in you can contact police by calling 101 or visiting their website quoting incident number 191_I_13062021.

A statement on the cafe's Facebook page on Sunday read: "Due to some lowlifes breaking into our little café last night our opening will be delayed today.

"When we get to open we’ll need to keep half of our kitchen untouched so will only be able to offer takeaway drinks and ice creams from the side door.

"We’ll pop a table at the entrance and serve as soon as we can.

"Sorry for the inconvenience."

The comments flooded in from concerned customers wishing the owners well and condemning the behaviour of the 'thieves'.

Gilly Erica said: "What is wrong with people?

"Small businesses have had it tough enough. So sad."

Sandie Bishop said: "Angry on your behalf. Some people are incapable of respecting others. Hope you're up and running soon and not too much damage or stuff taken."