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Burglars target pubs in Great Cornard and Bulmer within an hour

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Two village pubs were targeted in late-night burglaries within an hour of each other, leading to speculation by the landlords that they were linked.

A sum of cash was stolen during a burglary at the Bulmer Fox, in Bulmer Tye, after being targeted between 3am and 3.30am on Monday, October 15.

The Brook Inn, in Bures Road, Great Cornard, was broken into a short time later, at approximately 4.20am.

A staff member heard the break-in after the burglar gained entry through a downstairs window and ransacked the pub.

Simon Heard, who runs the Brook Inn, said it was not just the business that had been affected.

“I live here so it was a case of someone breaking into my home, too,” he said.

“It’s shaken up my staff who are here late at night.”

Mr Heard is calling for the community’s support, with the hope it will deter further burglaries.

“If everyone looks out for each other, they will go somewhere else,” said Mr Heard, who has praised the support of customers.

“We are so appreciative of all the regulars who have come out of the woodwork,” he said.

Mr Heard said the repair work would put a strain on the business, but added that he would seek to upgrade all its systems as a further deterrent.

A small sum of cash was stolen from the Bulmer Fox after a burglar gained entry through a downstairs window.

The pub’s manager, who did not want to be named, said she was thankful the damage had not been more serious.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said.

Following discussions between Mr Heard and Henry Ford, landlord of the Bulmer Fox, suspicions have been raised by the pair over the burglaries being connected, but this has not been confirmed by police.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.