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Lorna vows raiders won't get her down.

Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@reachplc.com @Daverobson_gaz

THE boss of popular tea rooms says she won't let raiders ruin things for her staff and customers.

Lorna Piper has run the Saltburn Valley Gardens Tea Rooms for seven years. In that time, the building has been broken into four times - with the latest break-in happening overnight between Sunday and Monday. But with Lorna not keeping money on the premises, she says the most they'd have found was a "float" of a few quid - and some toilet roll and cleaner in a cupboard they smashed open.

And while the break-in, which has been reported to police, leaves Lorna having to pay for security shutter repairs, as well as cleaning up the damage, she says it won't put her off.

She told The Gazette how plans for a rare day off were scuppered by a breakfast-time message.

"A lady messaged us to say the shutters were up and that we'd been broken into.

"I locked up as normal last night - and we have really heavy shutters and dead bolts - but they've managed to lift the shutters up and get inside.

"We don't keep money on the premises so I don't know what they thought they could get."

It's been a busy summer for the tea rooms, with a charity event for brothers Cohen and Indie Cartwright raising more than PS2,000 and an Environmental Health visit giving it a five-star rating.

Lorna added: "You work your butt off to make sure you do everything properly, then something like this happens.

"But it won't put us off. We've got fantastic staff and customers, and we'll be back open on Tuesday morning, as usual - although if people would like to pop down for a coffee, every little helps because I've got security shutters to pay for!" She added: "We believe in karma and one day these people will be held responsible for their life actions.

"But even though it's not a good day today and I'm upset, we do have our family, health and good friends."

The tea rooms are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am-4.30pm on weekends. They will open Thursday-Sunday from November 1 and close in December and January.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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