A Whitchurch restaurant is “devastated” after being the target of three burglaries this year.

The Blue Water Indian Restaurant on Brownlow Street is reeling after being the target of repeated break-ins, one of which saw 400 litres of oil being drained into its rear yard.

“It’s just getting out of hand,” said manager Mohammed Ali.

“I had intruders break into restaurant at the end of January this year, then two weeks ago they tried to steal but were unable so they left waste oil tank tap running – the result was 400 litres of waste oil going through sewage.

“Then two days ago they stolen my beer barrels.”

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Mr Ali has said that investigation have been so far unsuccessful despite him having CCTV of each incident, with Champagne and the takings in the till stolen.

“The first burglary happened in January they wore mask and gloves. The police came finally five days after it was happened and then gone quiet,” said Mr Ali.

“After me chasing them for another five to six days to get them to check the CCTV around my business. They came and gone to few other businesses around and told me they can’t do anything as they wore the masks and gloves. I got on with it.”


The repeated breaking has left him now feeling unsafe, as the most recent incident took place in broad daylight.

“I’m very upset and devastated,” said Mr Ali. “I’ve lost money and feel unsafe now.

“I feel unsafe to leave the business, as it doesn’t matter, day or night - they come anytime and steal.

“Can you imagine? They came and stole at 11:30am – in broad daylight.”

A spokesperson for West Mercia police said: “I can confirm three separate incidents have been reported to us from a commercial premise on Bronslow Street in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

“A burglary, reported on January 22, and criminal damage, reported on the February 29, have been investigated as far as reasonably possible, but no suspect was identified.

“The case has been closed, however should further information become available this would be investigated. A report of theft at the premise was reported to us on Wednesday March 6 for which enquiries are ongoing.”