Who was attacker on axe-smashing spree?

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Scarborough police are hunting a masked axeman who smashed the windows and doors of a chip shop.

Police are examining footage of the astonishing dawn attack, which took place at Patrick Corrigan’s First Catch fish and chip restaurant in Belle Vue Crescent, Filey.

CCTV footage obtained exclusively by The Scarborough News shows a culprit on a bicycle with a full-face mask using an axe to crack four huge windows and a door with heavy blows before riding away.

One person has been arrested and subsequently bailed by police. Sgt Chris Gosling, of Filey Police, said they are seeking a second suspect.

It’s the second time in just three months that the premises have been targeted and this time the damage was even more extensive.

The property, which is managed by Robert Hearn and his partner Samara, daughter of Patric Corrigan, was attacked at 4.30am on August 18.

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

After the first incident, Mr Hearn took a defiant stance, vowing not to let the attack drive them away. And speaking to the Scarborough News only hours after the attack, 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.”

And speaking of the culprits, he claimed: “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. In June, the Filey and Hunmanby Mercury exclusively revealed that the management team were planning to open a second shop in Filey – despite concerns by police that it could lead to an increase in “crime and disorder” in the area. Security will now be stepped-up at the property, and Mr Hearn said: “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.” Anyone with any information is being urged to contact PC Phil Giblin, of Scarborough Police, on 101.