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Thief walked into Divers Arms pub and strolled out with £9,000

By Marijke Hall

A brazen thief is being hunted by police after walking into a busy Herne Bay pub and pocketing almost £9,000.

The intruder went into the Divers Arms and boldly strolled through the bar area and to a back office where he took the money before making a quick exit.

Manager Debbie Knight says he was in and out of the Central Parade pub within four minutes.

Debbie Knight, licensee at the Divers Arms in Central Parade, Herne Bay
Debbie Knight, licensee at the Divers Arms in Central Parade, Herne Bay

“I’ve looked at our CCTV footage and the person just walks straight through and round to the back to the private accommodation, where my office is, and helps himself,” she said.

“There’s an alleyway next door to us with CCTV too, and it shows the man looks through the window before he did it, so he was planning it.

“He knew what to do and where to go so it is someone who knows the pub. He came in and got what he wanted. He was in and out within four minutes and took between £8,000 and £9,000.

“It’s a massive amount of money to lose for the business.

“And it all happened when we were open. It was bank holiday so it was quite busy.

“It’s a massive amount of money to lose for the business" - Debbie Knight

“You just don’t expect something like this to happen – it’s quite a shock and very upsetting.”

Police were due to go to the pub to look at the footage yesterday (Wednesday) and she hopes if the pictures are able to be released someone will come forward with information.

“We believe the man is quite recognisable so I’m hoping someone can help,” she said.

“He’s someone you would notice so if somebody had seen him they might remember something.”

Police spokesman Scarlet Jones said officers are investigating the burglary at the premises, which is owned by Shepherd Neame.

The theft is believed to have taken place between 10.30am on Monday, August 28, and 11.30am the following day.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/40782/17.

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