Thieves raid American-style diner in Kingsclere

Basingstoke Gazette: Manager Luke Taylor at the diner today Manager Luke Taylor at the diner today

AN AMERICAN-style diner near Kingsclere was targeted by thieves last night.

It is thought thieves gained entry to Nelsons Diner, in Newbury Road, at about midnight last night, by damaging a door to the side of the building.

Once inside, they stole two safes and office equipment, and trashed the diner’s kitchen area. An early estimate of the damage is around £30,000.

Jess Firth, PA to the diner’s owners Simon and Shelly Francis, said the diner was empty at the time, having closed at 9pm that evening. An alarm system alerted Mr Francis and the police to the break-in.

She added: “One of the safes is very big and heavy so we think they would have had to attach it to a car and drag it out of the building.

“The owners are very shocked that someone would do this to a small family business.”

Red paint chippings found around the damaged back door of the diner has led staff to believe that a red vehicle was involved in the raid.

Officers were at the scene last night and this morning. The owners plan to reopen the restaurant this weekend.

PC Richard Cousins said: “The activity around the diner during this incident would have caused quite a lot of noise and may have attracted some attention.”

Anyone with information can contact Basingstoke CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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12:35pm Tue 8 Jul 14

The Champion says...

I take some children there for a special treat every now and again, they love going to 'the hot dog place'. Hope they catch the losers who did it!
I take some children there for a special treat every now and again, they love going to 'the hot dog place'. Hope they catch the losers who did it! The Champion
  • Score: 17

12:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Marina Morris says...

That's very sad for the owners and staff. I use the place on an infrequent basis and it's tremendous value and the staff are always bright and friendly: good luck with getting back on track and I hope they find the spineless scum who did it.
That's very sad for the owners and staff. I use the place on an infrequent basis and it's tremendous value and the staff are always bright and friendly: good luck with getting back on track and I hope they find the spineless scum who did it. Marina Morris
  • Score: 14

5:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

whitchurchwhinger says...

Absolutely disgusting - this is a fantastic place run by fantastic people. I hope the Basingstoke Gazette fully advertises when it is open again so as many people as possible can go and support it - I certainly plan to
Absolutely disgusting - this is a fantastic place run by fantastic people. I hope the Basingstoke Gazette fully advertises when it is open again so as many people as possible can go and support it - I certainly plan to whitchurchwhinger
  • Score: 17

8:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Toonlad71 says...

this is what you expect when the police are cut from rural areas when is this government going to wake up and smell the coffee
this is what you expect when the police are cut from rural areas when is this government going to wake up and smell the coffee Toonlad71
  • Score: -2

3:32am Fri 11 Jul 14

CheekyChappy says...

Balls of Steel award 2014 goes to...
Balls of Steel award 2014 goes to... CheekyChappy
  • Score: -3

3:08pm Mon 21 Jul 14

whitchurchwhinger says...

Well, for anyone coming across this, Nelson's Diner has been back up and running for a while now, and from my visit on the weekend is excellent as ever! Basingstoke Gazette, how about giving them a bit of publicity?
Well, for anyone coming across this, Nelson's Diner has been back up and running for a while now, and from my visit on the weekend is excellent as ever! Basingstoke Gazette, how about giving them a bit of publicity? whitchurchwhinger
  • Score: 1
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