A POPULAR Bournemouth restaurant brand say three break-ins over the past two months have cost them more than £10k.

Posting on social media following the latest incident last week, a spokesperson for Urban Beach restaurant and hotel in Boscombe said the break-ins had cost them "money we simply don't have to throw away".

The two most recent thefts occurred in the early hours of September 25 and October 4.

The post, which included CCTV images, said: "Friendly locals, we love you and Boscombe and this has been our home and business for 13 years.

"But we've had two break ins in the past week and that makes us sad.

"It's not just the cost of what is stolen, but the cost of all the damage that is done to the doors and locks each time someone breaks in.

"Combined with a break in at Jenkins & Sons in the past two months this has cost us over £10k. Money we simply don't have to throw away."

Matthew Lawrence, marketing manager for Urban Beach, said: “As soon as the alarm went off they scarpered. Nothing was taken but it’s more the cost of having to put the door back and having to make it safe.”

“It’s more the inconvenience of it, it’s not like there’s anything worth taking as there’s no money kept there overnight.”

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "We were called at 12.25am on Thursday October 4 to reports of a burglary at the Urban Beach Hotel in Argyll Road in Bournemouth.

"Officers attended and a search of the area was carried out but no offenders were located.

"No reports of anything stolen.

"No arrests have been made. An investigation is underway."

As previously reported in the Daily Echo, till drawers and a metal safe were stolen from Jenkins and Sons in Penn Hill Avenue sometime between 12.15am and 12.40am on August 23.