A popular coffee shop chain in Bolton has been targeted by vandals.

Police were called to Starbucks on Blackburn Road in Astley Bridge on Saturday November 4 following reports of the windows being damaged.

The windows were boarded up yesterday (Monday November 6) and the inside remained closed, while a drive thru only service operated.

Enquiries remain ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Police believe this was an isolated incident.

The Bolton News: A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “On Saturday November 4, 2023, officers were called to reports of damage to a commercial property window.

“No arrests have been made at this stage and enquiries are ongoing. Police believe this to be an isolated incident.

“Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage should contact police on 101 or report using the LiveChat facility quoting incident number 680 of 04/11/2023.

“Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Starbucks have said they are aware of the incident and that the store has now reopened.

The Bolton News: A Starbucks spokesperson said: “We are aware of the incident at our Bolton store, which has now reopened.

“The safety of our partners (employees) and customers is our highest priority, and we will continue to work closely with local police as investigations continue.” 

Ward councillor Cllr Hilary Fairclough said: “Obviously it’s shocking.

“It must have been frightening for anyone in the café.

“There is no good vandalism, especially in a public place like this.

“I do hope with it being a busy road that somebody may have seen something.

“It’s quite worrying.

“I am sure police will be doing everything they can.”

There will be a PACT meeting next Monday (November 13) on Drummond Street Community Centre from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Cllr Fairclough says that issues around anti-social in the area will be discussed along with this incident.

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