Bakers braced as riots spread across UK

10 August, 2011

The Patisserie Holdings chain – owner of Patisserie Valerie and Druckers – is the latest to be hit by riot damage, having been targeted for a second night running as civil unrest spread around England yesterday.

The windows of a Patisserie Valerie outlet in Manchester were smashed by rioters after another of Patisserie Holdings' outlets at Birmingham's Bull Ring was attacked the previous night.

Sporadic trouble was seen in Birmingham, Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Leicester, Bristol, Gloucester and Nottingham last night, with the streets of London remaining relatively calm.

However, bakers in the affected areas reported that they had escaped the worst of the violence and disturbances.

Manchester-based Martins Bakers, which has an outlet in Salford, confirmed that none of its shops had been damaged.

Bolton-based Greenhalgh's production director David Smart said its Salford shop had also escaped any damage. However, it had to close early on Monday on police advice and remained closed today, he said, affecting trade.

Birds of Derby, which has shops in Nottingham, also confirmed that none of its outlets had been attacked.

The Janes Pantry chain, which operates in the Gloucester area was also unaffected, with a spokesman advising that there were no baker's shops in the specific areas where the trouble broke out.

Meanwhile, the Croydon-based Coughlans Munch chain is counting the costs of the riots in Croydon on Monday night, in which two of its 23 shops were badly smashed up and three of its staff lost their houses to fire.

Director Sean Coughlan told British Baker yesterday that he had so far been unable to get the affected shops boarded up, as the boarding company he used was also hit by the riots.

A Greggs' outlet in Peckham was also badly damaged by fire on Monday night, with a delivery driver beaten up and left with a broken nose by violent looters. A second Greggs outlet in Enfield had windows smashed.





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