Thugs wreck village pub in paint and hammer attack

Landlord of the Grey Horse in Penshaw, Jimmy Gillies, is pictured getting a helping hand to clean up from regulars Steve Atkinson, Billy Laws and Dave Gray.

Landlord of the Grey Horse in Penshaw, Jimmy Gillies, is pictured getting a helping hand to clean up from regulars Steve Atkinson, Billy Laws and Dave Gray.

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A LANDLADY today spoke of her shock after vandals caused thousands of pounds of damage to her village pub.

The yobs are thought to have used hammers to smash a bay window at The Grey Horse, in Old Penshaw Village, before daubing the front of the building with green paint.

After wreaking havoc at the popular local, they then fled before police arrived at the scene.

Landlady Jacqui Hudson, who has run the business for the past two years with fiancé Jimmy Gillies, said she had just finished locking up when the thugs struck shortly after midnight on Monday.

“It really shook me up,” she said. “I was terrified. I don’t know why they targeted us.

“This is a lovely little village, nothing like this has happened to us before. It was completely unprovoked.”

Ms Hudson said the window will cost an estimated £3,000 to replace, with the couple also expecting a bill for paint removal.

“The window has been completely smashed and because the front of the pub is cream, it will be difficult to remove the green paint,” she said.

“It’s not just a few splashes, it’s all across the building.

“It’s a real mess. We don’t know how long it will take to sort things out and how much it will cost.

“We’re just trying to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.”

However, despite the ordeal, the couple said they have been overwhelmed by the support of villagers, who have rallied round to help with the clean-up.

“Everyone has been amazing,” said Ms Hudson.

“We want to thank them all.

“We just hope that the police catch whoever did this.

“When we heard the noise outside, we ran to the front of the building to try to see who it was. But when we got to the window, all we could see was a figure running away.”

Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at about 12.30am on Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on its 101 non-emergency number.