Pair vow to raise charity cash - even when the chips are down

North Bay Fisheries Children in Need ' batter bath' Ian Warwick and Matthew Chambers have fun.Picture Richard Ponter 134507a
North Bay Fisheries Children in Need ' batter bath' Ian Warwick and Matthew Chambers have fun.Picture Richard Ponter 134507a

A Scarborough fish and chip shop owner has vowed not to let a break-in spoil his fundraising plans for Children in Need.

Ian Warwick, owner of North Bay Fisheries, and manager Matthew Chambers, were left reeling after thieves broke into the Columbus Ravine premises and stole £1,800 - £71 of which was Children in Need cash.

The incident happened on Sunday morning at 2.20am and was caught on the shops CCTV system.

North Yorkshire Police are now investigating the matter.

Mr Warwick said: “I couldn’t believe it - I was really annoyed. I actually felt more annoyed for Matthew, who has put a lot of work into planning our event for Children in Need.”

The shop is holding a family fun day on Friday November 15 and staff had already started selling raffle tickets and collecting sponsorship money for Ian, who is planning to climb into a bath of batter on the day.

Matthew, who has been planning the fundraiser for weeks, said: “I’d been away for the weekend and I came back to the news we’d been broken into. I was really gutted.”

However, the pair are determined to carry on with the charity event and will put the £71 back into the pot themselves.

The event will start at 4pm and will feature face painting, a cake stall, games, tombola, raffle, clothing and toy stall and free balloons for children.

Customers buying a fish will also receive free chips in return for a donation. Ian will then plunge into the batter-filled bathtub at 4.30pm.

Ian said: “I’m hoping it will be a warm night! But I’m happy to do it - it should be good fun.

“The customers have all been asking about it and saying they can’t wait.”

The pair wish to thank everyone for their support so far, in particular all those who have donated raffle prizes and for the donation of the bathtub.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the break-in at North Bay Fisheries at 2.20am on Sunday. A spokesman said: “Officers are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour around the time of the incident to get in touch. Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Scarborough police.” If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12130190807 when passing information about this incident.