Wiltshire

Shrewton pub at centre of Christmas club theft closes

Malcolm Levesconte
Image caption Royal Oak landlord, Malcolm Levesconte's body was found in the English Channel on 24 December

A pub whose landlord was found dead after a £29,000 Christmas club savings fund went missing has been closed.

Malcolm Levesconte disappeared on 9 December, from the Royal Oak Pub in Shrewton, Wiltshire.

His body was found in the English Channel, near Dover, on 24 December, after he is thought to have jumped from a France-bound ferry.

Wiltshire Police believe he was propping up his failing pub business with cash from the Christmas fund.

Owners Enterprise Inns confirmed the pub stopped trading in January.

A spokesman said: "We are currently reviewing various options for the Royal Oak following its recent closure, but no decision has been made at this stage."

A fund, set up to help the 60 people who lost money, saw the cash replaced in a week.

Donations were received from around the world and included an anonymous donation of £10,000 from a Shrewton villager.

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