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Community café hit by break-in

A NEW project which aimed to offer training and services to local residents has been targeted by a break-in.

Less than a month after opening its doors, thieves broke into the Emma Street Community Café on Tuesday night (Apr 18).

Jonathan Williams of CETMA, who run the café, told The Herald that the safe had been taken, along with several hundred pounds.

“We opened the café to provide facilities like an internet café, and café training formembers of the community,” he added.

“The place is run by volunteers, and the money we make goes towards paying bills.

“A volunteer went to open the café today (Apr 19) and everything looked ok, but when they went into the back room they found that the safe had gone.”

It appeared that the burglar had gained access through the main door, and had also tried the till, before leaving by the same route.

Mr Williams added that the loss of revenue as a result of the café being closed would have a negative impact, given that they opened so recently.

A statement put out by Cetma said: “Sadly we won’t be open today. During the night, someone or some persons broke into the cafe and stole our safe.

“What people might not know is that we’re a charitable organisation and the cafe was being run by volunteers for the benefit of the community.

“Sadly, someone or some persons from the community have stolen a significant some of money and have damaged this community project.

“It’s a setback but we know that there’s more good people in the community than there is bad and with your help and support, we can carry on.”

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