Vegan café targeted by meat-lovers who ‘stole sign, defaced Test and Trace form’

A vegan café claims it is being targeted by a group of meat-loving male students from a nearby university.

Crocus Café in Nottingham is a volunteer-led community food outlet that serves "healthy and affordable vegetarian and vegan food that is organic, fairtrade and locally-sourced where possible", according to its Facebook page.

Last week the café posted a photo of one of its Covid-19 Track and Trace forms that had been defaced by a customer.

A hand-drawn penis had been scrawled on the back of the form, along with the phrase "f*** ya vegan bollocks".

Crocus Café claims it was left behind by a local student who lives in housing across the road, saying they "have it on CCTV".

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But the student and their friends didn't stop there, staff say.

The same group later returned to the establishment and asked employees if they sold bacon, Metro reports. They then left behind a second vulgar note for staff to find.

Two weeks later the café's street sign was stolen, vandalised and dumped in a local garden. It had been defaced to read "animal UNfriendly" and "we hate animals" (instead of "love").

Crocus Café staff are convinced the same culprits are to blame for all the recent incidents, although say the suspects "deny all involvement".

Numerous locals have commented on the posts seemingly complaining about the same people — a group of male students from the University of Nottingham.

One Facebook user called them "over-privileged toxic males" while another said they were "immature d***s".

"Amazing how threatened some people feel about something as harmless and irrelevant to them as someone else's dinner," one man said.

Nottinghamshire Police say "all parties involved" have been spoken to.

"Enquiries were made to establish the circumstances of these incidents," Sergeant Andrew Hallsworth said.

"In this case, all parties involved were spoken to by an officer and a support programme has been put in place for the victim."

No arrests have been made and no charges have been laid in relation to the incidents at the café.

Both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have said they are conducting their own investigations into the ongoing behaviour.

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