Brazen raiders stick two fingers up at CCTV camera after ransacking new bar

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.
Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.
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These shocking images show the moment brazen raiders stuck two fingers up at a security camera after ransacking a newly opened pub.

The obscene gesture was caught on CCTV at the Sowerby Taps in Sowerby Bridge as the bar was hit by masked thieves on its opening weekend.

Francesca Slater manager at Sowerby Taps, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge.

Francesca Slater manager at Sowerby Taps, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge.

The cruel crooks trashed the bar’s kitchen before making off with around £1,400 in cash and a laptop from the premises.

Now the owners are offering a reward for anyone who may have any information to identify the culprits.

Manager Francesca Slater, 23, said: “I was absolutely distraught all day. I came down and I did think ‘what’s happened to the lock?’. It looked like it had been damaged.

“I was putting my key in and it just would not unlock, then I pulled the key out and the door opened.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

“I knew something was wrong, I had a gut feeling as I ran into the building. My heart was pounding and I just thought, please no.

“I looked around the corner and there was serious damage, they had trashed the kitchen and I instantly started crying.

“They had stolen laptop and some money - around £1,400 in cash. I was absolutely heartbroken and couldn’t stop crying, I’ve never had anything like that happen.

“The opening weekend had been such a massive success and exceeded all our expectations. If anyone could provide us with with any information which could lead to an arrest and conviction then the owners are putting up a substantial reward.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

“Someone out there will know who they are so let’s get these thugs off our streets and behind bars, as it could be your house next time.

“Together, I’m sure we can make Sowerby Bridge a better place to be. Depsite this, we’re going to carry on and our new upstairs bar will open on December 1.”

The break in at the business in Town Hall Street is believed to have taken place overnight from Sunday, October 11 to Monday, October 12.

Police said a neighbouring restaurant was also broken in to on the same evening, although the suspects made off empty handed.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

PC David Mayhew of the Valleys Neighbourhood Policing Team said “I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area in the early hours of Monday morning and may have seen or heard anything suspicious to come forward.

“Equally, if anyone has any information as those responsible, I would ask they contact the police. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC David Mayhew of the Valleys NPT via 101.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.

Raiders stuck two fingers up at a CCTV camera at The Sowerby Taps, Sowerby Bridge.