Fears voiced that more pubs could go to the wall in cur­rent cli­mate.

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Thieves raided a Tay­port pub just hours af­ter bosses shut down the premises for good.

Man­ager Sarah Hill an­nounced on Face­book that The Bell Rock Tav­ern on Dal­gleish Street would not be re­open­ing but did not dis­close the rea­son be­hind the de­ci­sion.

The thieves made off with a three­fig­ure sum of money and dam­aged the in­side of the bar shortly af­ter the doors were closed for the fi­nal time.

Ms Hill, who pre­vi­ously man­aged The Dog­house bar in Dundee, wrote: “It’s with a heavy heart we an­nounce our clo­sure.

“This al­ready sad end was made bit­ter by a break-in on Sun­day evening/ Mon­day morn­ing.

“If you saw any­thing, please get in touch.”

Ms Hill took over run­ning the pub in Fe­bru­ary last year.

She said: “We have had an in­cred­i­ble time and loved ev­ery se­cond of work­ing the bar and restau­rant.

“We truly hope the pub opens again soon so we can all en­joy a drink to­gether.”

A po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice in Fife are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of a break-in to a pub in Tay­port, which took place be­tween 1.30am and 11am on Mon­day Jan­uary 7.

“A three-fig­ure sum was stolen and dam­age was caused to the premises.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion which may be rel­e­vant is urged to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 1191 of Jan­uary 7 or re­port this anony­mously to the char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

The clo­sure comes just days af­ter an­other pop­u­lar com­mu­nity pub closed with­out warn­ing. The Crown Inn in Moni­fi­eth, run by the fam­ily of Eu­romil­lions win­ner Gil­lian Bay ford deans, closed ear­lier this week.

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