Police plea after Cardiff fairy cake shop attack

Cake shop owner Sally Dodd and assistant Terri Mammett Cake shop owner Sally Dodd (left) said glass display units were smashed

Police are investigating after a shop worker was attacked by a shopper after she was told they did not have the cupcakes she wanted.

The woman smashed displays and threw cakes at Cardiff's Sugarswirlz in the Dominions Arcade, it is alleged.

The shop owner said the woman went "absolutely ballistic".

South Wales Police said they are hoping to use CCTV images to identify the attacker. They are also appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The drama unfolded when the shopper was told the £2.20 "sweet tooth fairy cakes" had all gone.

She is said to have thrown cakes around the shop, aiming them at shoppers and staff before allegedly grabbing shocked owner Sally Dodd.

Ms Dodd said the woman was told they did not have the cupcake flavour she wanted.

"She didn't even wait for us to tell her that if she waited we could bake some fresh cupcakes for her.

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"She threw herself on the floor ranting and raving while her children screamed and shouted.

"Then she came round to my side of the counter and grabbed me by the hair before I could get out of her way.

"I managed to tear myself free before the woman started smashing glass display units and spilling cakes all over the floor.

"I've never seen anything like it.

"You expect a certain amount of risk running a bar or a pub but not in a cupcake shop."

Cup cakes The "sweet tooth fairy cake" is made with a mix of flavours topped with candy floss

Mrs Dodd said £400 damage has been caused at the shop where the "sweet tooth fairy cake" which made out of an assortment of flavours and candy floss is said to be a favourite.

Det Insp Noel Harris said: "This was an unprovoked incident which caused a great deal of distress to the victim.

"There were several witnesses at the scene and we would ask anyone with information who hasn't t spoken to the police already to please contact us."

The woman is described as "well built", between 35-45, with straight shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair, and a Cardiff accent.

She was wearing a mid-length green coat and left the shop with her two small children.

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