A coastal town café has been forced to remain closed several months into the new year due to "circumstances out of control". 

The Pit Stop Café and Tennis Courts in Southwold was due to reopen in February but now may not be able to open until later in the year. 

In a statement on social media, the business posted: "Due to circumstances totally out of my control I will be unable to open in February."

"Very sad as I know so many of you rely on me."

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The café is located in an old First World War building which has "worn out" over the years.

Owner Anne Clarke said she went to Southwold Town Council to sign the new lease for the building but was told she was not allowed as repairs had to be fixed from a survey on the building taken four years ago. 

She hopes to be able to open by Easter.

Southwold Town Council has been contacted for comment.