Anger as thieves hit pub village wants reopened

A VILLAGE campaigning to reopen its pub is angry that the boarded up building was raided by thieves on Tuesday.

A committee in Garboldisham wants to buy the pub from its owners, the Wellington Pub Company (WPC), and reopen it but the firm has kept it boarded up since it closed in February 2007.

On Tuesday villagers became suspicious after finding floor pamments, original Norfolk clay floor tiles, stacked outside. But while they were checking if the removal was legitimate the thieves returned and took most of them.

WPC’s area property manager Colin Summers declined to comment. WPC has previously refused to comment on any issue connected with the pub.

The pub is listed on its website as being available for lease, but the WPC only offers premises on ‘fully repairing and insuring leases’.

In October 2010 the owner was refused planning permission to convert the pub to housing after 180 objections were received.

Tuesday was not the first raid on the pub by thieves. It 
was flooded after someone stole copper piping a few years ago.

Norfolk Police said the burglars entered the pub through a rear roof between 3pm and 5pm and took ‘a large quantity of tiles’. They ask anyone with information to call PC Stewart Locke 
at Thetford police station on 101.