The burglar turns and flees after being scared off by the restaurant’s night cleaners during the break-in

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Clean getaway! A bumbling burglar turns and flees after being deterred by the restaurant’s night cleaners during the break-in

  • Burglar stuffs himself under the shutters of the Spice Village restaurant in West London
  • But he is forced to withdraw after being spotted by night-time cleaners
  • Owners say they have been ‘lucky’ after several neighbors were victims of burglaries

A restaurant luckily escaped after a potential burglar was deterred by night-time cleaning staff.

CCTV depicts a masked man making his way through a small opening under metal shutters in an attempted break-in at Spice Village in Southall, west London.

With a black backpack, the man quickly sneaks through the front doors and makes his way to the nearest table to get something from his bag.

CCTV shows the moment when a masked man makes his way under metal shutters in a burglary attempt at Spice Village in Southall, West London

CCTV shows the moment when a masked man makes his way under metal shutters in a burglary attempt at Spice Village in Southall, West London

But seconds later, he is startled by staff working at the back of the restaurant and runs back to the entrance and stuffs himself under the shutters again.

Nothing has been stolen and a report has been made to the police.

The restaurant’s owner tweeted footage of the incident, suggesting more nighttime police patrols were needed.

The restaurant owner tweeted footage of the incident saying they had a 'happy' escape after a series of burglaries at neighbors

The restaurant owner tweeted footage of the incident saying they had a 'happy' escape after a series of burglaries at neighbors

The restaurant owner tweeted footage of the incident saying they had a ‘happy’ escape after a series of burglaries at neighbors

‘Last night a #Thief broke into our #Southall restaurant by cutting our entrance shutters at 2am, luckily we had night cleaning staff @MPSSouthallBdwy, we need more night patrols,’ they said.

They added: ‘This is the first time it has happened, but almost all of our stores in the area have been burgled.

“We were lucky because we employed night workers.”

Spice Village was established in 2004. It serves Pakistani cuisine and is the second highest rated restaurant in Southall.

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