The Indian restaurant Ram-raid opens its doors only tonight


The owner of an Indian restaurant raided in the early hours of the morning has thanked community members who helped his establishment through the ordeal.

Ehsen Amjad, 25, also reassured diners that the New Royal Balti, Audley, will return to business as usual from Wednesday December 29.

It was only take out tonight as 100 diners had to be told the restaurant was closed.

The restaurant is now considering installing bollards in front of the building to prevent such an incident from happening again. It is understood a van rammed into the building between 2.40am and 3.10am this morning before the driver fled in a getaway vehicle.

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“We couldn’t imagine who would do such a thing,” Ehsen said.

“Someone backed into the restaurant and destroyed the restaurant. Looks like a robbery gone wrong.

“They crashed into the restaurant, they saw people walking on the houses across the road, they panicked and ran away.”

He also paid tribute to community members who came to the aid of the establishment, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2022.

Owner Ehsen Amjad thanked those who helped

“We try to keep the community together, we feel like part of the community,” Ehsen said. “On this street, we’ve been here the longest in restaurants. The community loves us.

“We had about 200 or 300 people come to help us. The whole community has been very helpful, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Nevertheless, the repair bill should reach “thousands”.

“It’s just devastating, we work so hard,” Ehsen said. “It’s going to cost thousands of dollars. We don’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. We know it’s a bad time, but why would anyone do such a thing?

The gap has been closed
The gap has been closed

“We have no problem with anyone. They are like a family, all our customers.

“We have been here for 30 years, the whole community loves us. This is a local restaurant, it is one of the oldest curry houses in North Staffordshire.

“We had about 100 people booked tonight. We offered free meals to customers.”

The facade is now neatly covered with wooden planks painted white.

The vehicle slammed into the right side of the property around 3 a.m.
The vehicle slammed into the right side of the property around 3 a.m.

“We are open for delivery and takeout tonight,” Ehsen said. “We have friends in the building, they have done a brilliant job.

“We’re going to have bollards installed outside, so even if they break they won’t pass the bollards.

“Business will be business as usual from tomorrow.”

StokeonTrentLive has contacted Staffordshire Police for a statement regarding the ram raid.

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