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Harleston pub landlord shocked at attempted raid

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A pub landlord said he was “shocked” after an attempted burglary at his Harleston pub while he was on the premises.

The Cherry Tree in London Road was targeted between 2.40am and 2.55am on Saturday when a coping stone from a nearby wall was used to smash two panes of glass at the front.

Eric Peterson lives above the pub with wife Michelle, and said that it was their dog Millie who alerted them to the noises going on downstairs.

“The dog just wouldn’t settle down,” said Mr Peterson.

“I listened, thinking it might just be the wind, but it was clear it wasn’t.

“I came downstairs and they must have scarpered when the lights were switched on.

“It was a bit of a shock to the system.”

Damage was also caused to glass in a door of an outbuilding at the back of the premises.

The police stated that, in the end, no access was gained to the pub.

The couple will now be counting the cost of repairs, with Mr Peterson saying that an insurance claim sometimes “just isn’t worth it”.

“People are asking if we are all right,” added Mr Peterson. “We have got a good clientele here.”

The pub is trading normally.

Any witnesses, including those who noticed anything suspicious in the area around the time can call PC Gemma Hill at Diss Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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