A THIRD pub has been raided in Dronfield in the space of seven weeks, police have revealed.
In the latest incident the Dronfield Arms was targeted, when three men broke in through the cellar door in the early hours of Monday, July 23, and demanded cash from the landlord.
Police said the landlord was punched by the robbers, who stole cash from the safe during the raid between 3.45am and 4am,
The offenders all wore dark clothing with hoods and had scarves across their faces to conceal their identities.
One was around 5ft 9in and stocky and another was around 6ft and of a medium build.
Police in the town searching for the robbers are urging landlords in the area to step up their security.
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are reminding publicans to be security conscious and ensure all windows and doors are locked and all valuables are stored out of sight.”
In the early hours of July 9, the Hyde Park Inn, on Hill Top Road, Dronfield, was raided when the landlady’s son Daniel Tomlinson was in charge while his mum was away.
A robber broke in while Mr Tomlinson was sleeping and frogmarched the 21-year-old through the pub demanding cash from the safe.
He was threatened with a hammer and forced to lie on the floor with his arms above his head during the raid.
They demanded money from a relative of the landlord and made off with a large amount of cash.
And in the early hours of Tuesday, June 5, the Victoria public house on Stubley Lane, Dronfield, was targeted.
The offenders broke into the premises and threatened to kill landlord Chris Snell, who woke up to find the robber in his bedroom brandishing a hammer.
n Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.