Thieves target pub and abattoir, but beer festival goes ahead regardless
THIEVES have broken into a Minsterworth pub snatching hundreds of pounds, but a beer festival planned for this weekend will go ahead regardless.
The Severn Bore pub, on the A48, was broken into at 5am yesterday when two thieves forced their way through the fire door.
Once inside they stole the till, containing £700, and they also made off with the pub's laptop.
Despite the setback the pub's planned beer festival, taking place today and tomorrow, forges ahead.
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Landlord Mark Fox said: "We only celebrated our first anniversary being in charge last week so this has come as a bit of a blow.
"They used a screwdriver to come in through the fire door. Luckily there wasn't much damage besides that.
"We are determined to still hold our beer festival though and it will go ahead."
Meanwhile the abattoir next to the pub was also ransacked and police believe the criminals were the same two men who targeted the pub.
They broke in through a window and stole a box of knives, and trashed most of the rooms before leaving.
Mr Fox added: "They have CCTV cameras over at the abattoir and they have footage of them.
"Hopefully that will help police find who did it, I'm sure it will."
A spokesman for Gloucester police said: "We are looking at CCTV footage at the moment as part of our enquiries.
"We believe the two break-ins are linked and we are treating it that way."
Tewkesbury Borough Councillor for Highnam and Minsterworth parish councillor Derek Davies said: "I am totally shocked.
"Minsterworth doesn't deserve this, it's a lovely village with lovely people in it."
If anyone saw anything suspicious at the pub at around 5am yesterday they are asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 58 of September 6. Meanwhile if anyone witness suspicious activity at the abattoir around the same time quoting incident number 52 of September 6.
The abattoir owners were unable to comment yesterday.