Shropshire hotel ‘devastated’ after food raid

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UK: The Old Vicarage near Bridgnorth was broken into on Friday night, with intruders taking around £1,200 worth of food set aside for a community food delivery service during the coronavirus crisis.

The scheme, planned to begin 23 March, meant that residents in the village of Worfield and surrounding areas would have the chance to have meals delivered to their doors. 

Head chef Gavin Allan had pulled together a menu with his team, and was going to charge for only the cost of the ingredients.

The scheme can no longer go ahead due to the break in.

Owner, David Blakstad, said: “We just can’t believe this has happened. Times are really tough for us as a business and we have closed our doors to customers in line with government advice.” 

“We were planning to start up a community food service on Monday where we would offer residents nearby to order their meals and we would deliver it to their doors, but sadly we are not going to be able to do this.”

“The people who have done this have not only stolen from us, but they have taken away the chance for the community to receive this help from us.”

Allan added: “It’s heartbreaking, we were trying to pay something back to our community, and now it looks like that is not going to be possible. We would never have believed that people could do this.”

“But this serves as a warning to other business owners, with people stripping food, and now the alcohol sections of supermarkets and shops, our bars and kitchens are a target.”

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