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Burglars cause £2,000 of damage at Wet Fish Café in West Hampstead

Andre Millodot owner of Wet Fish Cafe discovered the restaurant had been broken into when he arrived at work the following day. Picture: Nigel Sutton Andre Millodot owner of Wet Fish Cafe discovered the restaurant had been broken into when he arrived at work the following day. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Friday, January 10, 2014
9:00 AM

Burglars caused about £2,000 of damage to a West Hampstead café when they stole a safe with just £200 inside.

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The damage caused by burglars after the incident. Picture: Nicky Jones/WestHampsteadLife blogThe damage caused by burglars after the incident. Picture: Nicky Jones/WestHampsteadLife blog

The owner of the Wet Fish Café in West End Lane arrived at work on Monday morning to discover raiders had ploughed through metal bars covering a back room window to dislodge the restaurant’s safe from the wall at around 11pm the day before.

The safe only contained about £200, but the burglars caused significant damage to the café’s bathroom, which owner André Millodot, 45, thinks will cost him £2,000 to repair.

It is the fourth break-in at the brasserie since it opened 10 years ago.

“You’ve just got to be pragmatic about these things, it happens to businesses around here from time to time, but it was a surprise,” said Mr Millodot.

“We secured it up on the day, so hopefully we are stronger now than we were before.”

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