Travellers break into new refurbished pub and leave behind trail of destruction

A group of travellers allegedly broke into a newly refurbished pub and wreaked havoc, leaving behind a trail of wreckage.

Having recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment, The Forest Inn, in Farnham, Surrey, was left in a state of ruin after the break-in.

Pictures show shattered windows, bottles and mirrors and the newly built cellar destroyed, with floors covered in faeces.

The manager of the site, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Surrey Live he had contacted the police for help, but to no avail for at least two days.

He said: "I'm absolutely shocked, it was terrifying to see the damage caused. It was horrific and it is something I will never ever forget. I felt completely powerless and alone without any support from the police."

The pub had only just recently reopened and was still waiting for CCTV cameras installed inside its premises.

The manager was at the site when approximately 50 caravans turned up on a nearby field.

He added: "I went outside and said the pub was closing down.

"I said we were closing the car park, I wasn't aggressive.

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"Then they just surrounded me, and seeing that many people, personally, surround me… I just jumped in the car, called the police and left.

"They [the police] told me under no uncertain terms not to interact with them."

He said he felt let down by the police's lack of concern, who showed up to the site two days after the initial call.

The total estimated cost of damage is still being added up.

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed it had received a call about travellers at the site on Thursday, and a second call the following day to say the pub had been broken into.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Officers were dispatched to attend but unfortunately had to be diverted due to other ongoing high priority incidents."

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Riot cops storm boozer packed with punters despite coronavirus warning

Riot cops stormed a pub packed with punters despite Boris Johnson's coronavirus warning.

Shocking footage shows several police officers descending on the boozer outside Cheers, in Inverclyde.

Sources claim that a disturbance took place outside the pub which was packed with revellers despite government advice for all pubs, leisure centres, bars and cinemas to close in a bid to stop the coronavirus spreading.

Nicola Sturgeon requested that all pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes close until further notice as the death toll in Scotland continues to rise.

Scotland has recorded seven fatalities following the outbreak and confirmed that 373 people have been infected by COVID-19.

Cheers, a popular venue in the West Stewart Street area opened its doors to punters this weekend – despite government advice.

Speaking to the Daily Record, DCC Malcolm Graham claimed that police cannot enforce any premises to close.

He said: "We are fully behind the request from the UK and Scottish Governments for entertainment venues to close, and the Chief Constable has already thanked the vast majority of people in Scotland for complying with the instruction.

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"We expect that business owners will also wish to support the national efforts to tackle this grave threat.

"There are no powers conferred by the government request at this time, and therefore we have instructed officers that they should not anticipate enforcing the closure of any premises."

He went on to say: "As part of our duty to improve the safety and wellbeing of people across Scotland our officers patrolling in towns and cities can offer advice on the government request.

"We are aware of the proposed legislation in relation to coronavirus and are carefully considering the implications in this very fast-moving situation."

Daily Record contacted Police Scotland and Cheers for comment following the incident.

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