Burglars wrench safe off pub wall to steal takings

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SECURITY was beefed up at The Linden Tree pub after thieves took a bank holiday weekend’s takings, but burglars still beat it.

Between midnight on Sunday and 6am Monday burglars got in through an upstairs window, wrenched a substantial safe off the wall and got out through the same window.

The pub on the corner of Out Northgate and Station Hill, Bury St Edmunds, was subjected to a distraction burglary in 2004, so landlady Dawn Barrass-Brown beefed up security. But Mrs Barrass-Brown said: “It’s a bit of a rabbit warren upstairs so you wouldn’t know where the office was unless you had been here before.”

The 18in by 30in safe contained the entire weekend’s taking and all the paperwork relating to it, so she does not know how much was stolen.

“I’m really angry because everyone had worked really hard,” she said. “People had left their tips up there and some people’s wages were there because they hadn’t collected them. It’s affected a lot of people.

“Somebody has managed to get in when we’ve thought we’ve done our best to stop them.”

Police are checking nearby CCTV pictures and ask anyone who saw anything to contact Det con Seb Pollard at Bury CID via the new 101 number (see page six) or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.