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Spate of burglaries near Ally Pally

PUBLISHED: 16:30 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 07 September 2010

Robyn Rosen A SPATE of burglaries in Muswell Hill has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage. Three sites in and around the grounds of Alexandra Palace were targeted during the Easter weekend. Staff at the 345-pupil pre-school in the grounds of the pa

Robyn Rosen

A SPATE of burglaries in Muswell Hill has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Three sites in and around the grounds of Alexandra Palace were targeted during the Easter weekend.

Staff at the 345-pupil pre-school in the grounds of the palace returned from their break on Monday April 20 to find that the back door had been forced open and another door had been damaged.

Meanwhile, thieves fled the Grove Cafe in the grounds of Ally Pally with £100 of cash from the till.

Police are investigating the incident, believed to have taken place between 4pm on Sunday (April 12) and 8.30am on Monday (April 13).

Cafe owner Ciro Amoruso said: "When I got back I saw that the window at the back had been completely smashed the flap on the back door. The Perspex on the side window had also been broken.

"My till had been completely taken apart. I had all the float from Sunday still in there, which I never normally do but did that weekend because of the Easter break. All the money had been taken.

"The damage has cost me £150 so far plus the windows outside will cost hundreds more."

A police spokeswoman said that there was no evidence to link the two incidents but police are keeping an open mind.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to contact Haringey's burglary squad on 020-8345 0886 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

On the same evening, the kiosk in Alexandra Palace station was burgled and £50 worth of stock stolen.

The back window was smashed, causing £100 worth of damage. British Transport Police are appealing for information after CCTV and forensic evidence yielded no results.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the BTP on 0800 405 040

DS Neil Allan said: "The aftermath of any burglary is upsetting and inconvenient for the victim.

"These are valuable local facilities and as such the impact of these offences has the potential to be felt among the community as well.

"We urge anyone with information about these incidents to speak to the police.


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