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Landlady relives raid by burglars

PUBLISHED: 15:21 14 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

A PUB landlady yesterday spoke of the moment burglars broke in during the early hours while she slept upstairs with her husband.

The raiders, who broke in to the pretty Bacton Bull pub, proceeded to barricade the couple into the part of the pub they use as a home before taking a hammer to the fruit machine to steal the cash.

A PUB landlady yesterday spoke of the moment burglars broke in during the early hours while she slept upstairs with her husband.

The raiders, who broke in to the pretty Bacton Bull pub, proceeded to barricade the couple into the part of the pub they use as a home before taking a hammer to the fruit machine to steal the cash.

The thieves made such a noise they woke landlords Jan Lamb and Aykut Bakkil during the 5.15am break-in at the historic inn at Bacton, near Stowmarket.

Mrs Lamb said: "They smashed a window, came in and smashed the fruit machine to pieces. They really went at it, but would only have got pennies.

"We heard them smashing the machine with a hammer, making a lot of noise. We must have woken up within a couple of seconds.

"They barred the door up to the residential part of the pub and put stuff in front of it so we could not get in.

"They tried to take the till as well, but there was nothing in there.

"My husband managed to see them running off. It was so dark and foggy that night, but there was more than one and probably three of them.''

Mrs Lamb, who has been associated with the pub trade for years, said she has never known anything like it.

Wendy Kerr, police spokeswoman, is appealing for anyone with any information about the burglary, on Tuesday, December 11, to contact officers.

She said: "The couple were asleep upstairs while it was going on, but did wake up and go downstairs to investigate.

"The thieves must have realised they had woken them and ran off.''

Anyone with any information should contact Pc Rogers on 01284 774100.


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