Sunday, 26 September 2021

Chip shop that belonged to bank robber has new owner

A FISH and chip shop which was once owned by a bank robber has re-opened.

A FISH and chip shop which was once owned by a bank robber has re-opened.

Tajinder Singh has taken over the former Henley Fish Bar premises in King’s Road and renamed it JK’s Fish and Chips.

He has spent £30,000 refurbishing the takeaway restaurant and installing new deep fat fryers and fridges.

Mr Singh, 38, who also owns fish and chips shops in Slough and West Drayton, said he was attracted to Henley because it was an archetypal English town.

He said, “Henley is a quiet, traditional town with a few regular festivals. This is a traditional fish and chip shop and English people like their fish and chips.“ The shop sells four types of fresh fish as well as fried chicken, sausages, burgers and pies. It also has a licence to sell alcohol. Mr Singh, who has been running food businesses for 10 years, moved into the flat above the shop before opening the business in December. He employs three staff.

He said trade was quiet at first but had picked up thanks to the redevelopment of Townlands Hospital nearby.

“It was up and down because of Christmas but it’s starting to pick up now,“ he said.

“The builders at the hospital always come down for their lunch and when it’s built I think patients and staff will use us too.

“It’s very convenient for the elderly people nearby. One of our customers is a lady who lives in Clarence Road. She rings up when she wants fish and chips and we go round and drop it off.”

Mr Singh said he had leased the property from a couple who ran a taxi business in the town before moving to America. In 2011, the former owner of the takeaway was jailed for eight years after robbing a Henley bank.

Palvinder Bains escaped with £22,000 from the Lloyds TSB in Reading Road after taking two members of staff hostage using a carving knife and an imitation pistol.

He was later arrested and identified by bank staff but no money was recovered.

The robber is thought to have spent all of the money on himself, including taking a holiday to America with his mother.

Mr Singh said he knew about the shop’s past but added, “I don’t worry about it because the robbery was nothing to do with us.

“We just wanted to lease the shop and start a business here and people know that.“

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