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Burglars vandalise cafe near Ironbridge

By Deborah Hardiman | Ironbridge | Crime | Published:

The owners of a cafe near Ironbridge are counting the cost after burglars smashed up windows and doors at the premises.

The Green Wood Cafe in Coalbrookdale

An undisclosed sum of cash was stolen from The Green Wood Cafe, in Station Road, Coalbrookdale.

The damage was discovered by the operators when they arrived at work on Wednesday morning.

Cafe proprietor Jody-Lea Grant, 27, who runs the venue with her parents Michelle and Jason, said: "When we got there and opened up we could see straight away that it had been broken into. The police are here with a forensic team.

"Some cash is missing, but nothing else of great value. It seems more like potential vandalism. The windows, doors and locks were damaged. On the face of it, it looks worse than it actually is.

"We have cleared up the mess and the windows are being boarded up.

"We are really disappointed. We are a family run business. We are a team. this just seems like a malicious attempt to make our lives a bit harder.

"But there is huge community spirit. Since we post it on social media the community had come together and we will be holding a public meeting regarding tackling crime. We have had more than 200 messages of support so far. We have had lots of offers of help to clean up, but we're on top of it."

The cafe has been running for two years.

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It is thought that two other businesses also based in the Buildwas Road area were attacked.

The centre is the headquarters of The Small Woods Association and hosts community events and workshops among other activities.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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