Rougham fun day at risk after thieves take inflatable

Alli Clarke and Brendon Whitbread
Alli Clarke and Brendon Whitbread
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A family fun day is in jeopardy after thieves stole a bouncy castle from a Rougham pub garden overnight.

Managers at the Bennett Arms, in Kingshall Street, were ‘shocked’ to discover the 12ft high inflatable missing on Saturday morning - just two weeks before a big fund-raiser in aid of Cancer Research UK.

“We’ve always got children on it, that’s the disappointing thing because it’s them who are missing out, and the parents are very upset as well,” said Allison Clarke who was alerted to the theft by fellow manager Brendon Whitbread.

She added: “We were just in shock to be honest, total shock, for something so big to be stolen. We’ve had it four years and we never, ever thought that somebody would steal it. I think there’s been a few break-ins in the area but we just weren’t expecting that.”

Now the pub is concerned about not being able to provide a bouncy castle, as advertised, for its family fun day next Saturday (September 5) and organisers are appealing for anyone who is able to lend them one for the occasion to get in touch.

Other plans for the day include tug-of-war, live music, a barbecue, old school sports day races, welly wanging and a tombola.

Ms Clarke said: “If they (the thieves) have any sort of conscience they’ll leave it somewhere or dump it so we can have it back. They’re expensive to buy and our boss certainly won’t be buying another one.”

Suffolk Police confirmed it was investigating the theft of the pub’s bouncy castle, which is thought to have taken place between 1am and 12.30pm on Saturday.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their enquiries is asked to call the St Edmundsbury Rural North team on 101.