Raiders smashed through ceiling of Sunderland cafe – but owners say they will not be beaten

Robin and June Clark otiside their Serendipity tea rooms on Frederick Street, Sunderland,  which was targetted by burglars.

Robin and June Clark otiside their Serendipity tea rooms on Frederick Street, Sunderland, which was targetted by burglars.

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TEAROOM owners say they will not be beaten by thieves.

Vandals left a large hole in the ceiling of Serendipity in Sunderland, after kicking their way through from the flat above.

Robin and June Clark otiside their Serendipity tea rooms on Frederick Street, Sunderland,  which was targetted by burglars.

Robin and June Clark otiside their Serendipity tea rooms on Frederick Street, Sunderland, which was targetted by burglars.

Filthy brick dust ruined retro gifts on sale in the Frederick Street cafe.

The raiders snatched some cash and an iPod.

Owners June and Robin Clark discovered the destruction the following morning.

“It was mainly just the damage,” she said. “There were a lot of gifts ruined and the police advised us to throw all the food away.

“We were closed all that day and half of the next day.

“It was really upsetting. We are working seven days a week, 16 to 18 hours to get this place up and running.

“Hopefully, now they will realise there is nothing worth a lot here.”

The couple and their staff worked late into the night and the following day to clean up the cafe.

The break-in comes just weeks after a flood in the vintage-themed cafe.

Water began pouring through the ceiling on the night Bruce Springsteen played the Stadium of Light.

Luckily, June spotted the leak when she called into Serendipity on her way home from the gig.

The couple, who live in Thornhill, opened at the cafe at the end of March.

They married eight years ago, when June, 48, worked in sales and dreamed of running a tearoom.

Husband Robin, 52, swapped working as a corporate lawyer for serving scones with her.

June said: “Running a tearoom is something I have always wanted to do.

“I am a people person and I love baking, so it was a natural thing.”

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police are carrying out enquiries after Serendipity, in Frederick Street, Sunderland city centre, was broken into.

“The break-in happened between 6pm on Wednesday, July 25, and 7.45am Thursday, July 26.

“An MP3 player was stolen. Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 extension 69191, or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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