Westcliff's O'Picado owner: ‘Arsonists could have ruined me’

Echo: ‘Arsonists could have ruined me’ ‘Arsonists could have ruined me’

A RESTAURANT owner says an arson attack had the potential to completely ruin her business.

Satima Rodrigues, who owns Portuguese eatery O’Picado, is counting the cost after arsonists set light to her air conditioning unit, rubbish and cooking oil at the back of the restaurant, in London Road, Westcliff.

Ms Rodrigues estimates she will have to fork out £600 for the new air conditioning unit and install newCCTV in a bid to keep her business safe.

She also fears nearby residents could be targeted by the yobs.

Ms Rodrigues, 50, said: “To think I was asleep at home peacefully and the most horrible thing was happening at the restaurant.

“I won’t rest after this. It makes me so worried. I could have come back to no restaurant.

My neighbour, at the Chinese next door, is also very worried because she sleeps above her restaurant.

“It was very dangerous. If it had got any closer to the doors, everything would have been destroyed.”

Firefighters from Southend were called to the blaze and put it out within 20 minutes, before confirming it had been started deliberately.

Ms Rodrigues added: “I have been here for ten years and this has never happened. But there is a problem with people who hang around outside and drink. Before we put a gate up in our alleyway, we used to find needles and people would use it as a toilet.

“Something needs to be done as it puts off customers.”

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened between 2am and 7am on Thursday, June 26, can call PC Martin Thacker at Southend police station on 101, or Crimestoppes, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

The restaurant remains open for business.

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9:31am Fri 4 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Its a dodgy area for sure, why are the drunks/beggars/down and outs allowed to continue to use it as a home? why don't the police/PCSO's move them on? o-picado is a great place but marred a little by the surrounding area and people that use it, is it about time things where cleaned up there, down some ally ways and behind shops its a dumping ground,some shops empty and all sorts loiter around, it really needs sorting out, o-picado is a little jewel in that area, hard to run a business with all that going on around.
Its a dodgy area for sure, why are the drunks/beggars/down and outs allowed to continue to use it as a home? why don't the police/PCSO's move them on? o-picado is a great place but marred a little by the surrounding area and people that use it, is it about time things where cleaned up there, down some ally ways and behind shops its a dumping ground,some shops empty and all sorts loiter around, it really needs sorting out, o-picado is a little jewel in that area, hard to run a business with all that going on around. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 9

9:37am Fri 4 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Ruined?

Was she not insured?
Ruined? Was she not insured? Jack222
  • Score: -7

9:53am Fri 4 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

Jack222 wrote:
Ruined?

Was she not insured?
Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Ruined? Was she not insured?[/p][/quote]Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured.... supermadmax
  • Score: -1

9:58am Fri 4 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Jack222 wrote:
Ruined?

Was she not insured?
A business can be ruined by fire, its simple as that.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Ruined? Was she not insured?[/p][/quote]A business can be ruined by fire, its simple as that. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 10

12:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

DAGASMAN says...

supermadmax wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Ruined?

Was she not insured?
Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....
Agreed. I see what you're saying. I also suspect this was an insurance job with the aim of obtaining the princely sum of £600.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Ruined? Was she not insured?[/p][/quote]Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....[/p][/quote]Agreed. I see what you're saying. I also suspect this was an insurance job with the aim of obtaining the princely sum of £600. DAGASMAN
  • Score: -2

12:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Ruined?

Was she not insured?
Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....
Agreed. I see what you're saying. I also suspect this was an insurance job with the aim of obtaining the princely sum of £600.
Hosting of the website has been suspended for non payment of the bill......

& lets not forget the arsonist did not know the firemen would come and put it out so shortly.
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Ruined? Was she not insured?[/p][/quote]Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....[/p][/quote]Agreed. I see what you're saying. I also suspect this was an insurance job with the aim of obtaining the princely sum of £600.[/p][/quote]Hosting of the website has been suspended for non payment of the bill...... & lets not forget the arsonist did not know the firemen would come and put it out so shortly. supermadmax
  • Score: -4

1:45pm Fri 4 Jul 14

DAGASMAN says...

supermadmax wrote:
DAGASMAN wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Ruined?

Was she not insured?
Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....
Agreed. I see what you're saying. I also suspect this was an insurance job with the aim of obtaining the princely sum of £600.
Hosting of the website has been suspended for non payment of the bill......

& lets not forget the arsonist did not know the firemen would come and put it out so shortly.
Well that as good as proves it in my eyes.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Ruined? Was she not insured?[/p][/quote]Yes Jack, I have a feeling she was insured....[/p][/quote]Agreed. I see what you're saying. I also suspect this was an insurance job with the aim of obtaining the princely sum of £600.[/p][/quote]Hosting of the website has been suspended for non payment of the bill...... & lets not forget the arsonist did not know the firemen would come and put it out so shortly.[/p][/quote]Well that as good as proves it in my eyes. DAGASMAN
  • Score: -2

2:24pm Fri 4 Jul 14

John Right says...

Hope she clears all the rubbish away, or the rats will move in.
Hope she clears all the rubbish away, or the rats will move in. John Right
  • Score: -2

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