A café dedicated to housing historic war memorabilia was smashed into earlier this morning.

The Spitfire Café, on Main Road Biggin Hill, was targeted in the early hours (August 8) but the suspect left empty handed.

Sally O’Connor, who set up the café with husband Barry six years ago, said she was "devastated" after hearing about the break-in.

"My heart sank thinking of all the memorabilia and personal letters and stories we have received from customers all over the world – even as far as Australia," she said.

CCTV from the café shows a man looking around the café for up to five minutes.

However, as far as the family knows nothing was taken.

"I was very much relieved," Sally told News Shopper. "The glass door can be replaced.

"I’ve received so many comments, up to one hundred of them saying they hope all is ok and that at least nobody was hurt.

"I think the café is a big part of the community."

Sally said her daughter, who works in the café, feels "quite scared" at the thought of a stranger snooping around.

The café has never been raided before and Sally said shutters may need to be installed.

"That will be such a shame," she said. "We get people from the RAF Chapel and they can look through the window and see a bit of our collection."

Sally and Barry are from Orpington and say the break-in has not deterred them from Biggin Hill.

In a Facebook appeal, Spitfire Café wrote: "To the scumbag who broke in our cafe get a F****** JOB

"To our lovely customers the Spitfire Café is ok open as normal. All our pictures and storeys of our WW2 veterans are safe and our memorabilia."

A Bromley police spokesman said: "An older style silver Mercedes car was seen outside the café at the time and a white male aged around 40-years-old wearing a light coloured track suit and black shoes was also seen acting suspiciously at the front of the café where the door was damaged.

"Anyone with information about the car or the white male can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference 3316824/19, or call Crimestopper anonymously on 0800555111."