Birmingham’s Kitty Cafe was forced to close today following a major burglary. The cafe in downtown Grand Central was targeted by thieves who allegedly caused extensive damage.
The star attractions – the cats – are doing well thanks to on-site security. But the raid reportedly left the venue “unsafe” for felines and customers alike, so officials made the decision to remain closed.
Police forensic officers were due to visit the cafe, he said in a Facebook post. His administration team would rearrange bookings and assist visitors, he added.
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A message on the cafe’s Facebook page read: “I regret to inform you that, following a major break-in, Kitty Cafe Birmingham is closed until further notice. Firstly, and most importantly, the cats are doing very well and are supported.
“Fortunately, thanks to our safety around the cats, they are completely unaffected. Although they want to play!
“The damage is so extensive that we cannot operate and it would be dangerous for cats and customers to come out! We have police medical examiners on the way and supported by Grand Central.
“Our administration team are on the phone to help you with any bookings you may have to rearrange and we will have team members outside of Kitty Cafe Birmingham to assist you. Apologies for any inconvenience.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We were called just after 9am today (Saturday) to a report of a burglary at the Kitty Cafe in Grand Central.
“We are following a number of issues, and anyone with information should contact us via live chat, quoting log 1042 from February 26.”
The cafe opened on May 15, 2019 and proved extremely popular with a stream of customers stopping by to catch a glimpse of the cats through the front window.
The café is a reception and care center for cats and kittens from various backgrounds. The staff welcomes them and cares for them until they find their forever home.
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