Gary Rhodes's Plymouth Dome opening set back months by thieves
THE opening of TV chef Gary Rhodes' restaurant at the Dome has been put back until next year after metal thieves caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Criminals targeted the waterfront building at night, ripping lead flashing from the roof and stealing valuable copper piping.
The team converting the former Hoe tourist attraction into the £1.5million Rhodes @ The Dome restaurant said the overall value of the metal stolen was relatively small – but the cost to the project will be much higher.
A large amount of damage has been caused by water getting into the building, and this has delayed its planned opening this month, again with huge financial implications.
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David Pover, the restaurant's general manager, said: "Thieves stole a relatively small amount of lead flashing from the roof, as a result the water ingress caused significant damage within the building.
"Our official opening, led by Gary Rhodes, was due to take place later this month, but we will now have to postpone this, probably until the early part of next year."
Plymouth police said it was the third time thieves had targeted the Dome since mid October. The first time they stole copper wiring, then returned a few days later but left empty handed.
Mr Pover said: "We have now security coded removable items and removed all materials thieves are targeting.
"In addition we have also introduced state of the art security measures."
Contact police by ringing 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Crime reference EC/12/10595.