A RESTAURANT owner has spoken of his fury after a man grabbed a piece of wood and started smashing through the front door in an unprovoked attack.

The incident, caught on CCTV, shows a man park a car outside the Gulshan Tandoori restaurant, Sutton Road, Southend.

He walks to a skip, grabs a lump of wood and proceeds to smash the front door before returning to his car.

The man then returned to the Indian restaurant the following day shouting and threatening restaurant staff.

Owner Amir Hussain, 49, from Southend said he cannot understand why the thug has picked on his restaurant.

He said: “We did not see the it as it happened in the early hours of the morning but we came into the restaurant in the morning and that’s when we found the front door was all smashed.

“They couldn’t get through as we have triple glazing glass.

“We were obviously shocked when we found the damage.

“We think it will cost between £1,000 and £1,100 to replace door as it is tripled glazed.

“I have been here more than 30 years and never had this or ever had any problems at all.

“I have not got any issues with anyone and as far as I know no one has any issues with me.

“It seem unprovoked and there is no reason, I don’t know why someone would do this.

“I have not done anything to anyone that would make them want to do this to my business.

“I am feeling angry about this and think if it had happened when we were trading it could have been really bad.

“I don’t feel unsafe to work at the business but am concerned that it has happened.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We are investigating following two incidents at Gulshan Tandoori in Sutton Road, Southend.

“The first took place shortly before midnight on November 23 when it was reported a man damaged a glass door.

“The second incident took place at around 12.40pm the following day where a man entered the restaurant shouting and making threats.

“If you have any information about either incident please call us on 101 quoting the crime references 42/171257/18 or 42/171842/18.

“Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The footage of the incident has been posted on the Echo website to help with the appeal.

It has also been posted on social media and viewed tens of thousands of times.