A popular Indian restaurant was broken into in the early hours of this morning.

Staff at Royal Balti House, Lower Market Street in Farnworth, said they were alerted to the break in at around 5am on Sunday.

This comes after other businesses, including Kinners Jewellers on Brackley Street, were broken into earlier this week.

The manager of the restaurant, Nurul Meah, said he became aware of the break in after the system triggered an automated phone call to members of staff.

Mr Meah said: "There was damage to the back door and they appeared to enter through the window of the ladies' toilets upstairs.

"All of the money from the till was taken, along with iPads and mobile phones.

"It's really bad.

"I was supposed to have my booster jab today.

"I'm now back and trying to ensure the safety of the building.

"I'm really tired.

"We were working all night on Saturday.

"There have been other break ins in the area recently. This isn't on.

"It could have been worse if they had damaged the restaurant.

"The business would be destroyed if we had to close.

"We remain open to serve our customers and are getting the repairs sorted now."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "Police were called to Market Street at around 5:17am following reports of a burglary.

"A quantity of cash was stolen and enquiries ongoing."