Bar manager relives pub ambush

BAR manager Marc Turner today told how two robbers ambushed him and stole his pub's takings in a vicious attack.Mr Turner, 21, was slammed against a wall in The Old Millars on Felixstowe seafront, and had his hands tied behind his back with elasticuffs.

BAR manager Marc Turner today told how two robbers ambushed him and stole his pub's takings in a vicious attack.

Mr Turner, 21, was slammed against a wall in The Old Millars on Felixstowe seafront, and had his hands tied behind his back with elasticuffs.

He was then thrown to the floor as the men raided the safe, getting away with £3,500.

Today his employers, the Beccles-based Waveney Pub Co, offered a reward for anyone giving information, which leads to an arrest and conviction.

The incident – as reported on The Evening Star's web site last night – happened around 12.45am yesterday as Mr Turner was completing his paperwork and getting ready to go home.

"I heard a noise at the front door and so I went to check it out and as I got to the bottom of the steps this huge figure just rushed from nowhere and grabbed me," said Mr Turner.

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"I was thrown against a wall and then taken behind the bar and my hands were tied behind my back. They took all the money from the safe and then threw me to the floor.

"We think I was knocked out – my face was up like a balloon this morning. When I came round it took me about five minutes to get up and then I got out and went to the kebab shop next door and they raised the alarm."

Four squad cars and a dog car attended the scene.

The robbers used elasticuffs – like plastic ties used by gardeners to tie up plants. It left his wrists sore and he also needed treatment at Felixstowe General Hospital for bruising to his left side and foot.

Mr Turner, of Sea Road, due to leave Felixstowe next week to manage one of the company's larger bars in Holland-on-Sea, said it was a terrifying experience.

"This was just not like Felixstowe – the reason I came here was because it was small and friendly. Unfortunately, I leave with a bit of a nightmare to remember," he added.

Neil Sharpe, joint managing director of Waveney Pub Co, said it was a vicious attack and they would be reviewing security procedures immediately.

"Felixstowe is a lovely friendly place and this was an awful thing to happen. We don't always lock the door – the people at the kebab shop next door are still open and often pop in to see if we want anything before we go," he said.

"It seems these attackers were already in the pub – and they appeared to know where the safe was because they went straight to it. It was as if they had inside information."

Scenes-of-crime officers had visited to fingerprint the safe and took away Mr Turner's clothes to see if there were fibres from his attackers' clothes. Unfortunately, the bar's CCTV is only switched on as staff lock up.

The first robber is described as black and was wearing a baseball cap. The second is believed to have lighter skin.

Police would like anyone with information about the incident or offenders, or who may have been in the seafront area at the time and saw anything suspicious, to contact Felixstowe CID on 01473 613500.

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