A SHOCKED takeaway boss says he is mystified by an attack on his shop.
Yobs hurled a lump of concrete through the window of Take It Home Indian Style, in Silksworth Lane, Barnes.
The shop’s award-winning chef and owner Syed Miah said today that he can’t understand why his premises was targeted.
Mr Miah, whose family have owned the business since 1990, said that staff from next door shop Barnes Fisheries had called him as soon as they saw the damage.
“I’m shocked,” said the 45-year-old.
“I don’t understand why this has happened because this is the Barnes, a nice area.
“They’ve destroyed the menu box we had at the front of the shop as well.”
Mr Miah added that he doubted race was a motivation for the incident.
“I don’t think it’s a racial attack,” added Mr Miah, who has won Sunderland Curry Chef of the Year multiple times.
“We are here to serve our customers and we have never had a problem.”
The businessman is also clueless as to what, if the vandals were intent on breaking into the takeaway, they expected to obtain.
“They wouldn’t have found anything, with it being a takeaway,” he said.
“It’s not as if it is a restaurant with alcohol that they could take and we don’t leave the money here.”
Mr Miah has now had the damage repaired, with the shop operating as usual.
The attack happened in the early hours of Friday and police are now hunting those responsible.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 8.30am on Friday, police received a report of a broken window at Take It Home Indian Style, in Silksworth Lane.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries.”
Those with information regarding the incident should call the non-emergency 101 number.