Filey chippy targeted again

The First Catch in Filey has been targeted by an axe-wielding vandal for the second time in three months. Picture by Neil Silk  123341a

The First Catch in Filey has been targeted by an axe-wielding vandal for the second time in three months. Picture by Neil Silk 123341a

A Filey chippy has been targeted by an axe-wielding vandal for the second time in three months in what is believed to be a vendetta attack.

The doors and windows of the First Catch, in Belle Vue Crescent, were smashed by the masked culprit just before 4.30am this morning.

The property is owned by Patrick Corrigan and managed by his daughter Samara and her partner Robert Hearn.

It is believed that the restaurant has been directly targeted by people disgruntled over its takeaway expansion, after the shop opened up its doors at the site of the old Corner Cafe.

Mr Hearn said: “It’s a prominent business and it’s obviously affecting somebody. At the end of the day it has made no difference to us really. We are still open, we are still trading and we are going from strength to strength.”

CCTV footage shows the attacker, who was riding a bike, shattering the glass with an axe - their face completely masked by a balaclava.

Mr Hearn said: “They have obviously been paid to do it. It’s more than likely that someone is worried that their business is being affected.”

The restaurant and takeaway was first targeted with an axe in May, just weeks after it opened. Despite Mr Hearn putting up a “substantial” cash reward and a police investigation, the offender has yet to be tracked down.

Security will now be stepped-up at the property and Mr Hearn has vowed not to be beaten by the attacks.

“Someone is obviously worried and this is their only way of retaliating. Breaking a few windows is clearly the best they can do. No matter what they do, we are insured and it makes no difference really. It’s a feeble, petty attempt,” he said.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident and anyone with information is being urged to contact PC Phil Giblin, of Scarborough Police, on 101.