Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - THOMAS DEA­CON Re­porter thomas.dea­[email protected]­

G REAT Bri­tish Menu chef Tommy Heaney’s restau­rant has been bro­ken into just weeks af­ter open­ing. Af­ter months of build­ing work on the for­mer Ar­ben­ning site and crowd­fund­ing £40,000 last year, Heaney’s of­fi­cially opened on Oc­to­ber 10.

But less than a month later, the restau­rant was bro­ken into and cash was taken from the safe.

CCTV shows a man en­ter­ing the Pont­canna restau­rant dur­ing the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing.

Crum­lin-born Tommy said: “The cleaner came in this morn­ing and they let us know.

“They came in at around 8am and noth­ing was dis­turbed at all, and then they re­alised the safe had been bro­ken into.

“It’s a bit gut­ting, we are try­ing to es­tab­lish a busi­ness. It’s a bit frus­trat­ing, po­lice need to crack down.

“This was done when peo­ple are po­ten­tially walk­ing past and go­ing to work.”

Tommy said CCTV from his restau­rant shows the per­son leav­ing at around 6.30am, al­most an hour af­ter they broke in.

Other valu­ables in the restau­rant weren’t touched, with only the cash from the safe taken.

Tommy said: “They took the staff tips who have been work­ing hard since we opened and we just want to get it out there that if there’s any in­for­ma­tion please come for­ward.”

The news comes af­ter four restau­rants were tar­geted in a spate of bur­glar­ies across Cardiff in Oc­to­ber.

Bully’s, La Cuina, The Smoke House and Rock and Malt, all in Pont­canna, have had to pay thou­sands of pounds’ worth of dam­ages af­ter each break-in.

Tommy said: “The money side is not the is­sue, it’s the knock-on af­fect on our staff and cus­tomers and we have got to try and carry on for our cus­tomers.”

A South Wales Po­lice spokesman said they were aware of the in­ci­dent at Heaney’s and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

CCTV shows the burglar in Heaney’s in Cardiff, in the early hours of Fri­day

Chef Tommy Heaney

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