Shrewsbury licensees warned over pub burglaries

Burglars have targeted four pubs in Shrewsbury town centre since the beginning of May.

The Golden Cross in Princess Street, The Vaults in Castle Gates, the Albion Inn at Castle Foregate and the Belle Vue Tavern in Belle Vue Road have been broken into.

Cash was stolen in three of the break-ins and a purse taken in another.

Det Insp Sarah Wagstaff said: "We want pub landlords and their staff to be aware of what's happened."

She said: "It's important licensees are fully aware of this spate of burglaries so they can take all possible security precautions."

She added police were keeping an open mind on whether the four incidents were linked.

The first burglary, at the Golden Cross, happened between 2000 and 2030 BST on 1 May where a purse was stolen from a bag belonging to a member of staff.

A window was forced at The Vaults between 0600 and 0630 BST the following day where cash was taken from a fruit machine.

The Albion Inn was entered, again through a window, between 2200 BST on 9 May and 0715 BST the next morning and cash stolen from the bar area.

The Belle Vue Tavern was broken into between 0200 and 0830 BST on 11 May when a quantity of cash was taken.

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