Window of award-winning bakery shattered in 'senseless' attack on New Year's Day

The window of an award-winning bakery has been smashed in a senseless attack on New Year’s Day.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 2:28 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th January 2020, 11:36 pm
The store is open as usual today

The owner of Farm Bakery says CCTV shows a man walking up to the shop, in Queen Street, Amble, and punching the window with such force it shattered the triple-glazed glass.

Colyn Pentleton, who owns the bakeries in Alnwick and Amble with wife Christine and daughter Jasmine, says he was alerted to the incident by loyal customers on Thursday, January 2.

The 49-year-old said: “We’ve been in the town over 10 years now. One of the customers phone us up to tell us and we headed straight along. We’re always closed the day after New Year’s Day.

The damage to the window

“The man just walks right up to the window and punches it. What was the point.

“It’s just completely random, I’m pleased nobody was stood there at the time. It’s just senseless and stupid.”

The family-run business, which has just celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Amble shop, now faces paying out to replace the window.

Colyn says he has received a lot of support from local residents following the attack and has been able to send on CCTV to the police.

Officers say they are now reviewing the CCTV and an investigation into the criminal damage is ongoing.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We received a report yesterday (Thursday) at 3.21 pm of a broken window at The Farm Bakery, Queen Street, Amble.

“CCTV is currently being reviewed.

“Anyone with information can contact 101 quoting log 656 020120.”