Jamie Oliver’s Birmingham restaurant has been “smashed up” by UK rioters.
Oliver revealed on Twitter that his Italian eatery in Birmingham’s Bullring Shopping Centre was among the buildings to have been targeted.
“Sadly my restaurant in Birmingham got smashed up,” he wrote. “Windows all gone, whole area closed, can’t open, staff and customers all safe thankfully.”
Of his London-based Recipease food and kitchen shop, he tweeted: “My cookery school was in the thick of Clapham riot but seems there not interested in reading or cooking as Waterstones & Resipease go left. (sic)”
“So sad to see whats happening in UK with these Riots! all gone mad! time to get our country back now we need 2 come down hard on these idiots.”
He admonished correspondents on the site who claimed he could afford to close the restaurant temporarily because he had business insurance.
He said: “Thats not the point, business insurance its statutory & big or small its hard each restaurant has 120 staff with bills to pay.”
During the third night of rioting, 44 policemen were injured and four of them remain in critical condition.
So far, 450 arrests have been made and police are circulating photos of suspects in the media.
Later Oliver was more encouraged:
“My love and thoughts go out to everyone effected by these riots, and all the people i work with who are in the thick of it …be safe …”
“Enough tweeting thank u all 4 support!xx thanks to the police & emergency services for what there dealing with the communities are amazing!”
He linked to the following video: