Bricks smash Indian restaurant windows two days in a row as owner fears for his safety


Update: A Neath man has been charged with criminal damage and possession of Class B controlled drugs in connection with the incidents.

A restaurateur fears for his safety after bricks were thrown twice in 24 hours at the windows of his business.

Miah Shahin runs Paprika, one of many Indian restaurants on Windsor Road in Neath. One of Paprika’s windows was smashed with a brick at 7:10 a.m. Monday and another at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.

When asked if they treated the vandalism as a racial aggravation, South Wales Police said they were trying to “check all the circumstances”. Mr Shahin, who lives above the restaurant, said the attacks had left him with “great concern” for his safety, adding: “I never thought this would happen”.

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A mental health nurse witnessed the criminal damage on Monday. The 31-year-old, who did not want to be named, said: “I was driving through Neath around 7am with my two children in the car – my eight-year-old son and three-year-old daughter. I was on the point of dropping the kids off at daycare because I had to start my shift at 7:30.

“Driving down Windsor Road, I noticed a man running out of one of the side streets and started running down the middle of the road. He then stopped outside the Indian Paprika takeaway. That’s when I noticed he had a brick in his hand.

Miah Shahin

“He threw the brick in the window, causing it to explode, then fled. It was not something we expected to see on a Monday morning and my children were quite shaken and scared by what they saw. Luckily we were in the car so they felt more protected After reporting to the police, my kids felt a little more reassured when they said they were sending a police car to respond to the incident. ‘incident.

Mr Shahin had heard screams outside on Monday morning but was unaware the brick had gone through his window until police arrived at 9am and told him about the vandalism. He barricaded the window but the next one was targeted on Tuesday morning.

Mr Shahin fears for his safety
Mr Shahin fears for his safety

After the early morning damage, the business owner said he hadn’t slept due to stress from the attack. He said he would urge anyone with information to contact the police.

South Wales Police were called at around 2.45am after the second incident. Inspector Lindsey Sweeney said: ‘Investigations are ongoing to determine the full circumstances of this incident and the incident was reported to us on Monday March 14. Investigations are ongoing, including going through CCTV in the area. Increased patrols are also carried out. »

On Wednesday, a spokesman for the force added: “A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is currently in police custody.”

Anyone with information about either attack is asked to contact South Wales Police quoting occurrence number 2200084261 or 2200085436. You can contact the force by calling 101, texting email to [email protected] or by visiting this website.

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