Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

West Suffolk: Landlords’ fury after Acton Crown, The Marquis Cornwallis, Six Bells and White Horse pubs are raided in spree of burglaries

13:36 05 August 2014

The Marquis Cornwallis pub in Chedburgh.

The Marquis Cornwallis pub in Chedburgh.

Archant

Landlords in west Suffolk have spoken of their anger and frustration after four pubs in the region were raided by thieves in the same night.

Crown Pub in Acton near SudburyCrown Pub in Acton near Sudbury

Suffolk police are warning businesses to upgrade their security systems after the weekend crime spree saw pubs in Chedburgh, Acton, Great Waldingfield and Horringer all targeted between 11pm on Friday and 8am the following morning.

Steve Martin, landlord at the Acton Crown, where alcohol, charity cash and a box of darts were taken, said he also lost half a day’s trade tidying up after the thieves, which he believes are operating as a gang.

“The sheer amount of damage that they caused is quite extraordinary,” he said. They were clearly intent on getting in and it did not matter how they did it.”

The thieves attempted to enter through three separate windows at the Crown, Mr Martin said, eventually “obliterating” a sash window to gain entry.

Niki Turner, landlady at The Marquis Cornwallis in Chedburgh, was also angered by the intrusion, in which alcohol, tobacco, charity boxes and energy drinks were taken.

“It’s not even the stuff that they took that’s the problem,” she said.

“It’s the fact that there’s been someone in your house when you are sleeping and you didn’t know about it.

“Initially I was incredibly cross and then I took stock of the situation and I felt even worse, worrying what might have happened if I had woken up.”

The other two pubs broken into were the White Horse in Great Waldingfield, from which a till drawer, cash and alcohol were stolen, and the Six Bells in Horringer, where a till and cash were taken.

Reports have been made of a man who was seen in the area around the time of the break-in. He is described as white, about 5ft 7in tall, with short dark hair, aged in his 30s and wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

Officers are reminding business owners to consider installing an intruder alarm, particularly in the office and staff areas, ensure windows are fitted with locks and that doors are secured with attack-tested locks.

Other advice includes having a floor safe fitted and installing an intruder activated smoke device.

The raids follow a spate of walk-in burglaries in west Suffolk over the past few weeks, which prompted police to remind residents to secure their windows and doors.

Anyone with information on the pub thefts is asked to call Pc Benjamin Oswick from Babergh police on 101.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

2 comments

  • Come now, how could those burglars have possibly been caught, with all those speeding motorists about?

    Report this comment

    Rufus Milo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Good to see the usual high quality of EADT reporting here. There's NO pub called the Marquis of Cornwall" in Suffolk. And indeed according to the Suffolk Camra website there never has been. But ooh look! There IS one called the Marquis Cornwallis. If the EADT can't even get simple facts like these right, how can we rely on your accuracy in other matters?

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Suffolk Business Ambassadors on their tour of the Port of Ipswich.

A group of Suffolk business leaders who have accepted the challenge of encouraging more inward investement in the county have been given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Port of Ipswich.

The 2015 Menta Trade Fair at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

With just a few days until the Menta Trade Fair on Tuesday, October 4, plans are being finalised for the biggest business event yet seen in Bury St Edmunds.

Earl Soham. Credit: Mike Page.

Owners of an east Suffolk business centre are looking to convert some of its older buildings into residential use – while finding new sites for those being displaced.

An example of the Mantsinen 200M hydraulic crane.
Picture: Cooper Specialised Handling

Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing £6m in new hydraulic cranes from Finnish firm Mantsinen for five of its ports including Ipswich.

Viv Gillespie,  principal at Suffolk New College.

Suffolk New College has become the first organisation to sign up as a patron of the Young Chamber scheme run by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work.

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24