Axe vandals trash restaurant’s catering equipment

Owners of a Staffordshire restaurant have been left devastated after their premises were broken into and every item of catering equipment destroyed.

Intruders forced their way into Burger Queen in Lichfield and trashed kitchen appliances with an axe.
Nothing was stolen from the unit, but every piece of kit the restaurant own was broken. Sauce was also squirted over the walls.

Most of the damaged equipment is thought to be new as the venue only opened for business two months ago.

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Lorraine Walker, who runs the business with her sister, told the Lichfield Mercury: “They broke in through the back door with a crowbar and broke every piece of equipment we need to trade.

“The griddle, fryer, urn, microwave, oven, chiller, fridge and till are all broken, even our electric power board was hit with an axe.”

The owners plan to re-open the restaurant next week, resuming its usual hours.

“I believe the aim of the attack was to stop us trading but we are determined and will keep going,” added Walker.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the paper: “We received a report of a burglary at a catering unit called Burger Queen off Europa Way, Lichfield, at around 12.15pm on Sunday. Offenders forced entry between 3.15pm on Friday August 16 and 11am on Sunday, August 18, and caused extensive damage to the catering equipment within the unit.

“Nothing was stolen but due to the amount of damage the business will be caused significant financial loss. Scenes of crime officers attended and we are making CCTV inquiries locally.”

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