THE OWNER of a bar in Bournemouth has hit out at a man who broke into his business, causing more than £2,000 worth of damage. 

The Tipsy Cow in Charminster Road, Charminster was broken into around 4am on Wednesday, July 27.

The thief allegedly smashed the front door and caused substantial damage to the glazing, bar and tills and left with £50.  

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Alex Marshall, owner of the bar, said the offender caused more than £2,000 worth of damage to the bar in doing so. 

He said it was a “fairly pointless crime that’s caused over £2,000 worth of damage and disruption. 

“Like most hospitality businesses, most of our customers use contactless to pay for purchases and bars are no longer ‘cash rich’. 

“We’re an independently owned business that has managed to survive the disruption of two years’ worth of lockdowns and restrictions and we aim to provide a good value experience for customers, many of whom live in Charminster. 

“We work actively with several local organisations and the local police to reduce the effects of anti-social behaviour that Charminster was once known for, and it’s massively frustrating and annoying to be compromised in this manner.” 

Mr Marshall describes the man caught on CCTV as being “approximately 40 years old, with a stocky build, wearing black and white trainers, dark jeans and a hooded green jacket with a reflective decal on the back as well as a black baseball cap.” 

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "Dorset Police received a report at around 4.10am on Wednesday 27 July 2022 of a burglary at The Tipsy Cow Bar in Charminster Road in Bournemouth. Officers attended and enquiries are underway into the incident. No arrests have been made."