Three pubs in the Normanby and Easton were the victims of break ins in the early hours of Monday morning, with charity boxes taken from each pub.
The Norman Conquest, The Cleveland and The Stapylton Arms were all broken into in the small hours, with The Stapylton Arms and The Cleveland suffering from a smashed window in the process.
All three pubs notified Cleveland Police of the break ins, in hope that they get their charity boxes back. The Norman Conquest’s MacMillan pot, The Stapylton Arms’ Children’s Cancer North and The Cleveland had two boxes taken from them – one for a Multiple Sclerosis charity and another collection for the regular pensioners’ Christmas party.
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Teesside Live Spoke to representatives from each pub, all wishing to remain anonymous. The chain which owns The Norman Conquest, Greene King, have also been contacted for a comment.
A member of staff from The Stapylton Arms said: “We were broken into at 2.30am on Monday morning, we saw on the CCTV that someone smashed the window of our conservatory and got in that way. They stole the charity pot off the top of the bar and got away on their bike.
“We were cleaning up the mess on Monday morning and hope we can retrieve the pot, it’s absolutely shameful that someone would steal a charity pot, especially one raising money for a children’s cancer charity.”
“It’s not the first time it’s happened – we’re even considering stopping charity donations on the bar all together so nothing gets stolen again.”
The Norman Conquest also confirmed they had been broken into, an anonymous staff member explained: “Our MacMillan charity pot was stolen in the early hours of Monday morning, we have notified the police as a result of this.”
The Cleveland, joined onto The Cobblers pub on Cleveland Street, were also victims of the Normanby break ins, where their front window was smashed in the raid.
The manager of The Cleveland, who wished to remain unnamed said: “Our MS charity pot was stolen from on top of the bar, they also tried to get the till but luckily we’d cashed up at the end of the night and there was no money in it.
“We found that smashed up outside the pub on Monday morning, it was the money that would fund the pensioners Christmas party that we organise each year, it’s just senseless that someone would do this. All of the pubs in the are have been in touch with each other just in case any more get targeted over the coming days.”
A spokesperson from Cleveland Police said: “There was a report at 2.45am on Monday of alarms going off at The Stapylton Arms, attended officers and conducted an area search which was unfortunately negative. Enquiries are underway and Scene Of Crime Officers were asked to attend .
“We received a report at 10.45am on Monday morning that a charity box and a jar containing money had been stolen in a break in at The Cleveland just before 5am. Scenes Of Crime Officers were also asked to attend, with enquiries currently underway.”
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