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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Cash haul in pub burglary

A BURGLAR has made off with several thousand pounds after emptying gaming machines at The Tavern, Tangier Street, Whitehaven, in an early hours raid on the pub premises on Saturday.

He also stole takings and change money from safes on the premises and caused damage to two gaming machines, a till and a juke box in the process.

The break-in, which occurred between 2am and 7.30am, was via the first floor at the rear of the building and the burglar would have had to scale walls and rooftops to gain entry.

The pub, operated by Simon and Susan Brown, backs on to Pears House.

A cleaner discovered the break-in on Saturday morning and raised the alarm.

The Browns were able to clear up the mess and manage to re-open for business on Saturday evening.

“It seems he was a professional criminal looking at the way he went about it,’’ said Mr Brown.

“The police are appealing for information and we would ask that anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously in this area in the early hours to contact them as soon as possible – before it happens to someone else.”

Anyone with information can contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Paine.

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