Thieves have caused damage totalling tens of thousands of pounds at the Michelin-starred Simpsons in Birmingham after they tore lead from the restaurant's roof.
They are thought to have struck at some time between around 8pm last night and 2am this morning. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Photos of the trail of damage they left behind them show how the thieves knocked over lights in the garden or covered them over with cushions in order to cover their tracks.
They then set to work stripping the lead from a pavilion in the restaurant's garden as well as from the roof of the conservatory attached to the main house, causing extensive damage.
It's the second time in just over a year that the restaurant has been hit by a similar crime, after lead was stolen from a pavilion roof just over a year ago.
Speaking to The Caterer, the restaurant's head chef Nathan Eades said: "It's a nightmare. They have done tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage, which is unfortunate because we could be spending that in improving our guests' experience or on our employees' training. Now we have to do something as mundane as insurance claims instead."
He added that he hoped CCTV would offer some clues as to the thieves' identity.
No one from West Midlands Police was immediately available to comment.
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