Prosecution in catering equipment theft case

The Terrace Restaurant in Brownhills, West Midlands, was ‘cannibalised’ last year after it was forced to close, a judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

In November, thieves caused £100,000 of damage to the restaurant, which had been closed for 8 months. Catering equipment was stolen, along with alcohol and other items.

The court case followed the arrest of Alan Smith from Walsall, following DNA matching.

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Emma Wynne-Owen, prosecuting, said that the extensive damage was caused by the attempted removal of water pipes.

Smith pleaded guilty to burglary but insisted that the property had been insecure when he arrived at the scene and he had taken just four bags of copper worth £30.

Wynne-Owen said the prosecution did not accept this but were unable to disprove the claim.

Smith, who had a long list of previous convictions, was jailed for 10 months by Recorder Derek Sweeting QC, who said: “The restaurant had been left unoccupied with a great deal of valuable equipment in it and became a target for those who wanted to steal. Over a period of 5 days it was cannibalised by various people and a great deal of damage was done.”

Property consultancy firm SEP Properties has now bought The Terrace, as well as The Pied Piper in Cannock. The firm, based in Lichfield and Dudley, has a portfolio of commercial buildings in locations across England and Wales.

The company has not yet revealed what it intends to do with both sites.

 

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