Grantham pizzeria owner’s wait for compensation

Monalisa Pizza on Castlegate have had to board up the damaged window.
Monalisa Pizza on Castlegate have had to board up the damaged window.
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The owner of a Castlegate pizzeria says he has ‘lost all confidence and trust’ in the police, as he is yet to receive compensation after a passer-by smashed his shop’s window.

On a busy Friday night, Mojtaba Hashemi-Parast and his wife Afsaneh, of Monalisa Pizzeria, were serving customers when a man outside smashed his arm through the shop front.

“My wife was terrified, and there was blood and glass everywhere,” said Mr Hashemi-Parast. “The police came, and the next day the man came in to apologise. But I want him to pay for the window.”

The couple have spent £144 for the installation of a wooden cover, and quoted a further £660 to have the window with the shop’s logo replaced. They are particularly concerned that they are losing business as the board makes it look like the takeaway is closed.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “On November 14 just after 9pm, we were called to an incident in Grantham where a front window was damaged.

“A suspect was quickly identified and he voluntarily attended a local police station where he fully admitted damaging the glass by punching it. The 26-year-old Grantham man said he had hit the window in anger and expressed remorse for his actions and has offered to pay the costs for repairing it.

“The matter is still being dealt with by investigating officers, who are also considering available disposal options.”