‘Mindless’ vandals put soap in fountain

Suspected vandals on the forecourt of Toast, St Annes
Suspected vandals on the forecourt of Toast, St Annes
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YOUNG vandals have been blasted after pouring washing up liquid into a restaurant fountain.

The yobs were captured on CCTV damaging the water feature outside Toast Bar and Grill on Monday night – and now restaurant bosses want to see the vandals caught.

It is thought the youths responsible could force the new business to fork out thousands of pounds to repair the damage.

Toast owner Ricky Caunce said: “Mindless acts of vandalism such as these could cost thousands of pounds to rectify in addition to vast amounts of management time which will be wasted in repairing the problem.

“Our family has invested heavily in the property bringing new life to a dormant building in the heart of the St Annes food quarter.

“The directors of the business have put every effort into providing much-needed jobs in the area and time rectifying this issue could be better spent training new staff we have employed which is already very challenging.

“The cost to repair this will be excessive and put a strain on finances which a new business could do without.

“The fountain is a fantastic piece of architecture and enhances the area and such vandalism may mean that the fountain has to be removed in the future which would be a shame.”

Karl Myhill, restaurant manager, said he hoped with the assistance of police, the yobs would be caught quickly.

He added: “It happened at 9.55pm on Monday night and it looked like three youths. I was walking through the restaurant and noticed the foam rising up out of the fountain.

“We looked at the CCTV straight away and could see three young guys. The three cameras which cover the forecourt picked up quite clearly what they looked like, even the names on the clothes they were wearing.

“They’ve been and gone in 20 seconds.”

If the filter and pump are damaged, Mr Myhill said the damage could stretch to £3,000.

Toast, which has a sister restaurant in Blackpool, officially opened in December in a £250,000 re-launch, taking over the former Joya premises in Wood Street.

A new nightclub, The Loft, has also opened upstairs.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.