BURGLARS have stolen thousands of pounds in a bank holiday raid on a Sunderland pub and restaurant.
The early-morning snatch took place at the Royal Marine, in Sea Road, Fulwell, following the bank holiday weekend, with a five-figure sum believed to have been taken.
In the early hours of Tuesday, April 7, the Royal Marine Orchid Pub, in Sunderland, was burgled and a lot of damage took place in the premisesSpokeswoman for the Mitchells and Butlers pub company
The raiders are believed to have broken into the building before grabbing the cash and making off.
Detectives today appealed for information to track down those responsible.
No arrests have yet been made.
Workers from a locksmith company were seen at the Royal Marine, which is run by the Mitchells and Butlers pub group, as they made repairs to doors.
The venue was closed to customers who had hoped to go in for a drink on Tuesday.
A 40-year-old woman who lives in the Fulwell area, but did not want to be named, said: “I’m surprised a place like that has been burgled because it’s a nice area around here.
“You don’t hear of those kind of things happening often.”
A spokeswoman for Mitchells and Butlers said: “In the early hours of Tuesday, April 7, the Royal Marine Orchid pub, in Sunderland, was burgled and a lot of damage took place in the premises. We are unable to confirm the amount stolen.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police received a report at 6.14am on Tuesday, April 7, of a burglary at a pub in Sea Road, Fulwell.
“The pub is believed to have been entered between midnight and 6.10am that day.
“Offenders have entered the property and taken an amount of money before leaving the premises.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries and providing reassurance to residents at this time.”
• Anyone with information about the burglarly should telephone Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, quoting reference number 133/07/04/15.