Royal Oak Pub's missing landlord 'may have jumped'

Malcolm Levesconte Malcolm Levesconte boarded a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo

Police investigating the disappearance of a pub landlord in Wiltshire say he may have jumped off a ferry.

Malcolm Levesconte, 59, from the Royal Oak Pub in Shrewton, has been missing since 9 December.

Police said he boarded a ferry to France but they have not been able to confirm that he disembarked.

Separately, police are writing to 61 people who paid £29,000 into the pub's Christmas fund which went missing at the time as his disappearance.

A fund, set up to help people who lost money, has seen the cash replaced in a week.

Donations have been received from around the world. They include an anonymous donation of £10,000 from a villager.

'Terrible prospect'

Since Mr Levesconte's disappearance, Wiltshire Police have been working with authorities in France to try and locate him.

He had boarded a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo and was due to return the same day.

Det Sgt Mike Standing said: "We continue to treat Malcolm Levesconte's disappearance as a missing person inquiry but at this stage we do have to accept there is a possibility that he did not make it to France and may have taken his own life by jumping into the sea from the ferry.

"I would like to appeal to anyone who has information to come and speak to us. His family are facing the terrible prospect that he may have committed suicide.

"It is therefore imperative that we hear from you if you have heard from Mr Levesconte."

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