Robbers have stolen all the catering equipment from the Rendezvous restaurant in Chorley, Lancashire.

The raiders, who were seen spending hours loading up a van, even took the kitchen sink.

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Owner, Samantha Trickett, told local newspaper, the Lancashire Evening Post: “I came back [from holiday] to find the whole restaurant had been emptied.

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“There’s nothing left in the kitchen – even the kitchen sink has gone. They’ve been here several hours and disconnected the gas and water.

“They’ve literally spent hours here and emptied the restaurant from top to bottom.”

The venue’s neighbours apparently thought the restaurant was closing when they saw the equipment being taken, but Trickett now faces the prospect of actually shutting Rendezvous permanently.

The catering equipment industry should keep a look out for any stolen appliances being sold in the local area.

Meanwhile, Chorley Police are investigating the burglary and said their inquiries are continuing.