‘Sled hammer-swinging’ thugs have left a pub and a brewery with damage worth thousands of pounds after an attack in the early hours.
Two Towers Brewery and Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham city center suffered damage of £ 4,500 after the windows were smashed in a failed burglary.
It is believed that the attackers ‘waited’ for the staff to lock in before launching the attack half an hour after closing time around 1 p.m. 01.30 Saturday (November 20).
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They then found “satisfaction” by smashing a huge glass pane at the Bath Street venue with what must have been a sledgehammer, says pub founder and director Mark Arnott-Job.
“It seemed like someone was waiting for us to unlock and apparently broke in after that,” he told BirminghamLive.
“They tried to get the money they thought we had in the brewery, but we did not. Then they tried the pub after that, but they seemed to be using excessive means, it just seemed like they were doing it for despite really to some extent.
“They smashed a whole door in the brewery that was big enough to get through with no problems, but they obviously got some satisfaction out of smashing our big big glass window, which incurred a lot of costs for us.”
The boss has to shell out £ 4,500 to repair the damage to the brewery. The Bolts also smashed a window at Gunmakers Arms, which is almost connected to the brewery via a beer garden.
The attacks have been a ‘real setback’ after the pandemic, fearing that the associated windows will now deter other customers.
“It should have been a sledgehammer, the plate glass is hard laminated 8ml glass and there was nothing else on site, they did not throw an empty barrel through it,” he added.
“We had just gotten ourselves on equal terms to try to get over the Covid situation, we’ve got all the help from the local council, the government of course.
“We’re still looking forward to seeing how we can plan to recover financially, and of course this is coming, and it’s really a setback for us, and it’s a concern that there are people out there who have not taken into account to the difficulties that we have encountered and that we are really facing.
“We are not back at 100 percent in relation to our customer base yet and we are working very hard to build that trust in the customers and they come and find half of the premises divided, it is something of a blow to us really. “
West Midlands Police are investigating the burglary attempt and are urging anyone with information to get in touch.
A statement from West Midlands Police said: “We are investigating an attempted burglary at The Gunmakers Arms on Bath Street in Birmingham that took place around 1.40am on Saturday (November 20).
“Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat indicating the crime reference number 20 / 1896567 / 21. “
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