A 65-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after sustaining nasty injuries during a brutal assault insider her own café.
Yau Fong Siu was forced to jump out of her first-floor window flat above Elmers End Café to escape three thuggish burglars.
Elmers End Café on Croydon Road in Beckenham has been around for almost 40 years and the callous break-in happened on Wednesday evening (April 24).
Yau Fong runs the café with her husband Peter.
Her nephew, Stephen Siu, spoke to News Shopper to thank both the police and St George’s Hospital for looking after her aunt.
“She had carpet cleaner squirted in her face, and she was hit on the head,” he said.
“She jumped out of the first-floor window.”
The woman fractured her pelvis, spine, arm and ribs and Stephen said it could have been even worse.
She remains in a stable condition.
“St George’s staff were great,” Stephen said. “Nurse Megan was outstanding but so were the others.”
He also praised the police for their compassionate response and for working “professionally and quickly”.
Stephen was waiting for an update regarding what was stolen. So far it has been confirmed a Nikon camera, lens and accessories have been nicked.
@MPSBromley Thank You to the officers who helped this evening deal with a serious assault and burglary on my aunt. Handled everything as professionally as you could. My aunt is in a stable condition despite who serious injuries.
— Stephen Siu (@Stephen_Siu) April 24, 2019
Adrian Hamlyn voluntarily delivers News Shopper papers to the café every week.
He said: “The couple are very well liked. It’s a shock for people locally. We all think it is terrible news.”
Adrian was in the café for his pint of orange juice hours before the horrific attack.
Elmers End Café has informed regulars that the business will be closed until further notice because of the assault.
They also asked anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
News Shopper has contacted police for more information.