Charity money stolen in new pub break-in

LH 181114 Pub broken into and charity money stolen_Stanley Ale House Pub, Queensway, Lancing.  Pictured, Steven Bennett,  proprietor. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141118-132754001
LH 181114 Pub broken into and charity money stolen_Stanley Ale House Pub, Queensway, Lancing. Pictured, Steven Bennett, proprietor. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141118-132754001

CHARITY money has been stolen from a Lancing pub just weeks after it opened for business.

The Stanley Ale House pub in Queensway has suffered damage and loss of charity funds for St Barnabas House Hospice after it was broken into last week.

Access was gained through two Georgian wire cast glass windows between Tuesday November 11 at 10.30pm and Wednesday November 12 at 8.15am.

A St Barnabas charity pot was stolen and money from the pub’s weekly raffle.

Proprietor Steven Bennett told the Herald: “They smashed through the windows and they took £12 from our raffle and the collection pot that we got from the charity shop over the road.

“The damage is obviously going to cost me money, but to do all that just to steal from a charity pot. No alcohol was stolen and they took the back door key to get out, but left the key in the lock.”

The micropub opened its doors for the first time only five weeks ago, but Mr Bennett said the pub would continue as normal and remained open for business.

As Queensway is currently undergoing a regeneration scheme to give the area a face-lift, three workmen decided to rally together and donate to the charity pot.

Mr Bennett posted a thank- you on the pub’s Facebook page.

He said: “We would like to say a massive thank-you to the builders, Jamie, Martin and Tim who have all donated to our St Barnabas charity pot after we had it stolen.

“Top blokes doing a great job. Cheers guys.”

This comes as the completion time of the Queensway and Queensway Parade regeneration scheme is slightly postponed.

The scheme has set out to create a relaxing space for people to enjoy and for cafes to provide additional outdoor seating.

There will also be a more open, less cluttered feel, improved electricity supply and lighting.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “If anyone saw anything or has any information, contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 205 of 12/11.