Pub manager fails to make court date
A FUGITIVE pub manager alleged to have stolen up to £30,000 of cash failed to appear at court charged with holding a lock-in.Andrew Ross, licensee of The Inkerman pub in Norwich Road, Ipswich, has been missing and sought by police since December 13 after his bosses reported him gone.
A FUGITIVE pub manager alleged to have stolen up to £30,000 of cash failed to appear at court charged with holding a lock-in.
Andrew Ross, licensee of The Inkerman pub in Norwich Road, Ipswich, has been missing and sought by police since December 13 after his bosses reported him gone.
The Evening Star reported in December that Christmas club money running in to thousands of pounds was believed to have been among the cash stolen from the pub.
And yesterday Ross, 37, who had been summonsed to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on October 30, failed to turn up.
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He had been due to appear at court number one at the Ipswich magistrates courts in Elm Street at 11am.
Ross, who lived at the pub, is charged with selling liquor outside permitted hours on September 15, which was the date of the Ipswich-Norwich derby match at Portman Road, which ended with a 1-1 draw.
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Magistrates were told yesterday that they could not issue a warrant for his arrest for not turning up as a lock-in is not an imprisonable offence. The case was then adjourned to February 5.
Couples had put up to £1,000 each in to the Christmas club run at the pub and the 49 members now fear that their money may never be returned to them.
Police are investigating the disappearance of the pub landlord.
Ross's girlfriend Samantha Prior, 29 was arrested on suspicion of theft in December. She was bailed to return to Ipswich police station on January 14.