Sheffield pub landlord threatened with hammer in raid

The Victoria pub,Stubley Lane,Dronfield
The Victoria pub,Stubley Lane,Dronfield
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A PUB landlord was woken from his sleep to find a burglar armed with a hammer in his bedroom.

Chris Snell, who runs The Victoria, Stubley Lane, Dronfield, said the raider, who was wearing a hood to conceal his identity, demanded to know where the pub safe was.

Mr Snell, who took over the pub at Christmas, refused to disclose where his takings were and challenged the intruder, who ran off down the stairs and out of the pub.

The burglar escaped with about £800 in total.

Mr Snell said: “I woke up realising somebody was coming through my bedroom door.

“When I looked up I saw a man with a hood over his head brandishing a hammer.

“He had a muffled voice, but I heard him asking me where the safe was and I was thinking I was dreaming.

“I just said ‘what’ and jumped out of bed towards him and he ran off.

“I didn’t have time to think at the time as it was all over in seconds, but now, looking back, I realise I could have ended up with a hammer in my head and that I was very lucky.”

Mr Snell, aged 58, said he chased the burglar down the stairs but he managed to escape.

“I pulled on my dressing gown and chased him, but didn’t really want to catch him knowing what he could do to me,” he said.

“He got in through a small window that he jemmied open and took money out of the till, about £300 I had downstairs and he took my wallet too, so he got away with about £800 altogether.

“I have been in the pub game for nearly 30 years and have never experienced anything like this before - it is starting to hit me now just what could have happened.

“I am just glad my girlfriend wasn’t here when this happened - she would have been terrified.”

A police probe into the break-in is now under way.

A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating a burglary at The Victoria public house on Tuesday, between 4am and 6.30am.

“The offenders broke into the premises and threatened the occupant with a weapon before making off with a quantity of cash.”

n Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.