‘Despicable’ theft at Newtongrange pub

The Dean Tavern, Newtongrange''Manager Neil Patterson beside the two trashed machines.

The Dean Tavern, Newtongrange''Manager Neil Patterson beside the two trashed machines.

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A councillor has slammed thieves who raided a Midlothian pub at the weekend. The Dean Tavern in Newtongrange was trashed in a break-in between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Cash was removed from one-armed bandits and tills and attempts were made to force open a large safe.

Raiders escaped with more than £3000 in cash and also caused more than £2000 worth of damage.

The pub is run by the Dean Tavern Trust, which distributes funds within the local community.

Councillor Wilma Chalmers, who chairs the trust, said she was furious when she found out about the incident.

She told the Advertiser: “The people who did this are despicable.

“They haven’t just robbed the Tavern, they’ve robbed the community of Newtongrange. It’s a disgusting crime and it’s even worse if local people have done it.”

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