THE MANAGER of a popular Indian takeaway and restaurant in Ilkeston has offered a £1,000 reward for information after his premises were attacked last week.
Asif Aziz has blasted the ‘scumbags’ who smashed four front windows and tore down a canopy at the rear of Shah Jahan in Awsworth Road last Tuesday night.
The family business, which has been in town for about 30 years, was forced to open a few hours late on Wednesday night, during one of the busiest periods of the year, while staff cleared up broken glass.
Mr Aziz said he was shocked when he discovered that his restaurant had been targeted.
“It really beggars belief that someone could do such a shameful act,” he said.
“We really hope these people get caught for this – nobody should have to go through this.
“We have never experienced anything like this before.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which they say happened overnight between 12midnight on Tuesday December 27 and 10am on Wednesday December 28.
Mr Aziz said that the vandals must have known what they were doing to target the canopy over the kitchen extractor fan.
“If it was just some drunken vandals, they would have stopped at the windows,” he explained.
“Someone has tried to disrupt our business.”
Offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the incident, he said: “A £1,000 reward for conviction of these nasty scumbags.
“We all need to get these people out of Ilkeston and make it a better place for us all.”
A week earlier, Christmas decorations had been torn down from the front of the restaurant.
“I didn’t report it at the time because I thought it was just a drunken thing.
“But now I think it’s related.”
Mr Aziz has asked businesses in the area to check CCTV and said he will be installing more cameras at the restaurant.
Anyone with information about the attack should call the Ilkeston Town Safer Neighbourhood Team on the new non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.