A Belper woman has revealed how she was put out of business when thieves towed away her roadside cafe.
Jessica Hayhurst has operated “Blue Box Cafe” along with friend Wendy Parkin on Park Hall Road, Denby, for the last five years.
However, the business, which is worth around £11,500 , disappeared when it was stolen by thieves in an overnight raid.
Jessica said:”We are both very upset and angry. It is quite a strange feeling to know someone has wiped out your business. We have made a lot of friends in those five years and it is horrible.
“One of the worst things is that there was a mobile phone inside the cafe, which regulars use to phone in with orders. We can’t contact them to say what has happened.”
Police believe the thieves came prepared because the cafe was behind fencing just up the road from the spot where it was based five- days-a-week. It was stolen between 3pm on August 14 and 7am the next morning.
It is painted in mid-blue and is about 10ft long. As well as being behind a locked gate, it was fitted with a hitch lock, wheel clamp and was chained to a post.
The cafe contains propane gas bottles, a cooker, griddle, a hot water boiler and three sinks, as well as cool boxes, a fridge and hot holding tubs. There were also pots, pans, mugs and plates and a hoard of food including chocolates and bottles of pop.
The pair hope to relaunch the business when insurers pay out.
Jessica added: “We are surprised nobody heard it being moved because things bang together and it is quite a noisy van to tow.”
Anybody who has seen the cafe is asked to contact Pc Miriam Roche on-101.