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Popular Newmarket cafe hit twice by thieves

Abby Watson Yummy Hut (2866295)
Abby Watson Yummy Hut (2866295)

A Newmarket café owner has said the police need to act after a spate of break-ins.

Abby Watson, who has run the Yummy Hut in Newmarket’s memorial hall gardens for more than year, has had her business broken into twice in three weeks.

Once inside, the thieves rifled through her stock and checked to see if anything had been left in the café’s money box.

On Sunday, thieves prised open the shutters and took crisps, soft drinks and ice creams worth about £50. While on June 12, the first time burglars broke in, they made off with snacks worth about £200, meaning Abby had to re-buy her stock to carry on trading.

But she said it was more than just losing goods.

“I am concerned about my safety. I am going home and then finding out my business has been broken into. It’s not fair, I can’t do anything about it. I just want somebody to do something about it,” said Abby.

“Some weekends I am scared to leave because I don’t know what’s going to be here when I come back.”

Abby said there had been an increase in rowdy teenagers hanging around in the park, and she had seen pictures of the gang trying to prise open the shutters and climbing on the hut’s roof, jumping from the memorial hall.

She said she had reported it to the police, but was just told ‘it would be added to the case’ and heard nothing further.

“The police are not doing enough about it, or somebody isn’t. It does not seem to be going anywhere.

“How is it acceptable to be hanging around in an area for customers in a children’s park?”


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