Flood damage caused by vandals closes Cocoon club

The damage caused to Cocoon in Kettering
The damage caused to Cocoon in Kettering

The owner of Cocoon Club, in Kettering, has revealed the venue was broken into on Wednesday night (February 6) and the culprits left the taps on - causing flood damage to the club and three other businesses below.

Police are now investigating the incident, on Gold Street, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Club owner Jose Ribeiro said flooding and vandalism caused considerable damage to the property and the venue will now be forced to close for four to five weeks.

Mr Ribeiro said: “The reason that caused the flooding is that we were broke into on Wednesday night and they left the taps on and also caused malicious damage to the property.

“We employ over 20 staff and we are now in a difficult position and it is affected a lot of people. I believe the police are now investigating this and taking it very seriously.”

A police spokesman said:” We can confirm that the incident was reported to us on Thursday morning. Police officers attended and discovered that the property had been broken into and the taps had been left on and damage caused to the property.

“Our forensic team have attended the scene and an investigation is underway. If anybody witnessed the incident, or has any information, please contact us on 101.”

The water damage has affected the Cocoon Bar and three shops below it - including Adecco, Pattison Lane estate agents and The Mortgages Shop.

On Thursday morning (February 7) the fire service and other emergency services were called to isolate the electricity at the properties, which were rendered unusable.

Phil Lane, director of Pattison Lane estate agents – one of the buildings affected – told the Telegraph he did not realise anything was wrong until he turned up for work on Thursday morning at around 8.15am.

He said: “Parts of the ceiling had come down. There was water coming inside the office and outside the office. It was like it was raining heavily inside.”

But he added: “We have managed to get ourselves some temporary office space in the town and get our phone lines redirected.

“Fortunately a lot of our work is done outside the office.”

Nobody from Adecco or the Mortgages Shop, the other properties hit by the flooding, could be reached for comment.

If you witnessed the incident, or have information, contact the police on 101.