CUSTOMERS enjoying a cup of tea got a shock when a man came crashing into the window of a coffee shop.
The eight-foot pane of toughened glass was smashed as shoppers enjoyed their lunch at the Crown Coffee House, Waterhouse Street, Halifax.
Owner Donna Ginty said: “I was upstairs serving some of our regulars having a laugh and a joke when I heard an almighty bang.
“I was worried for the staff – I thought an oven had blown up.
“When I got downstairs and saw the glass was smashed I thought a car had gone into the window.
“Then I saw the guy on the floor and thought he must have been knocked into the window.”
One of the shop staff saw the man, in his 30s, being attacked from behind, picked up and thrown into the glass.
“We rang 999 straight away and went outside,” said Donna.
“He was very concussed and barely coherent.
“The guy we’ve got in to fix it says he was lucky it was toughened glass as he could have gone through.”
An ambulance arrived and took the victim of the attack to Calderdale Royal Hospital.
It’s not the first time that the shop has had to fork out for a glazer after the same window was smashed in 2009.
“That one was during a night out,” said Donna.
“You don’t expect it to happen at 12.20pm in the afternoon.”
The coffee house, which celebrates a landmark birthday next month, has secured the window and will remain open until the glass is replaced.
“It’s our 26th anniversary next month – this isn’t the way we planned to celebrate,” said Donna.