Keighley businesses count the cost of early-morning attack

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Hundreds of pounds’ damage was caused in an early-morning attack on Keighley town centre businesses.

Windows and doors were targeted at up to eight premises in Cavendish Street, North Street, Hanover Street, Low Street and Cooke Street on Saturday.

Shattered glass was still evident today at several shops, offices and cafes.

Among those affected was Rossi’s Cafe, in Cavendish Sreet, where a pane of glass in the door was damaged.

Owner Brian Watkiss lives above the premises and was alerted at about 4am.

“I heard shouting and carrying on and saw a police car across the road but didn’t think it was anything to do with us,” he said.

“It wasn’t until a little later that I discovered the cafe door had been damaged.

“It’s annoying but it could have been a lot worse.”

Also hit were the neighbouring offices of Makin Dixon Solicitors, where a large window was shattered and a door attacked.

And other businesses affected included the Beauty Zone, on the opposite side of Cavendish Street, which had a window broken.

Police have arrested a 19-year-old Keighley man on suspicion of criminal damage and he has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Sergeant Stephanie Fox, from Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said officers were working with businesses to tackle incidents of damage and anti-social behaviour and that offenders would “face the consequences”.

She added that the team carried out regular patrols around the town centre and was committed to making the streets safer.

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