A CAFE owner is disgusted after burglars made off with stock and left a trail of damage.

Jubilee Lake Tea Rooms in has become a hotspot for the community since Maxine Wrathall took over five years ago.

But when she went to open up the café at Brinkworth Road in Royal Wootton Bassett on Wednesday, she was shocked to see stock had been thrown around, fridge doors left open and the till damaged.

She told the Adver: “I opened the door and there was coffee everywhere, stock was all over the floor, the fridges and freezers were left open and they had taken the till and a lot of stock.

“They had ruined a lot of our stock pile, the till was completely broken, I was so upset I called the police which found footprints where they had climbed through the window and onto our worktops.

“I was devastated, I built this business up, it’s a family business and we’ve tried to be open every day for takeaways because of the pandemic. We try to make people feel safe when they come to get a coffee or a cake, we’ve been very careful, I just felt so upset because I had to close that day and I couldn’t serve my customers.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm that our officers attended Jubilee Lake Tea Rooms in Royal Wootton Bassett following a suspected burglary reported to us on December 2.
Unknown suspects appeared to have broken into the premises by forcing a window and carried out a messy search. Food and some cash has been stolen.”