Security beefed up at eatery

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A popular Langley Mill cafe has beefed up security after thieves raided the premises twice in a week - stealing all its food stock.

Staff at the Cromford Road eatery Basilia have twice had to pick up the pieces the morning after a break in - after it was burgled overnight on both May 11 and May 19.

The first raid saw tills raided, CCTV removed and computer equipment stolen, along with hundreds of pounds worth of artisan food – the second time raiders took mainly stock, including eight expensive hams, rump steaks and a saddle of turkey meat.

Owner Roma Bothamley said enough is enough. “We’ve upgraded our security here now,” she said. “We’ve got a more secure alarm system and we’ve got a big dog.”

On the Monday morning after the second raid Roma said staff spent two hours cleaning.

She said: “It was just demoralising - I was just full of tears.”

She said it could have been even worse, had a booking for a 70-person buffet not been rescheduled a fortnight prior.

“Had it been on the Sunday, I would have got there at 6am on Sunday morning with no food stocks - what would I have done?

“They had taken everything - they took eight hams, rumps of beef raw.”

Roma believes the two raids are linked - as the culprits seemed to have targeted the same places the second time round.