Xmas fund: Thousands raised

People in the village of Shrewton in Wiltshire who lost Christmas savings of £29,000 are due to receive replacement funds later. Wiltshire Police are investigating the disappearance of the money from the Royal Oak Pub near Salisbury.

£29,000 Xmas fund missing

Wiltshire Police say they now believe £29,000 has gone missing from the Christmas savings club at a village pub. Detectives have established 60 regulars of the Royal Oak at Shrewton near Salisbury, who used the thrift fund to put money aside for seasonal bills, have been left with nothing.

Police are investigating the disappearance of the pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte, 59, who was last seen at the pub on Sunday 9th December 2012. Detectives have confirmed that Mr Levesconte booked a return ferry ticket to St Malo in France that same evening and boarded a ferry at Portsmouth.

Police are now working with the relevant agencies in France to try to trace him. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr Levesconte is asked to contact Salisbury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

"We are becoming increasingly concerned for Mr Levesconte's safety and continue to treat his disappearance as a missing person enquiry. We would strongly urge anyone who thinks that they have information about his whereabouts to come forward and speak to us. If you have heard from Mr Levesconte or had contact with him near to when he went missing and think that you have information that would assist us, we would like to hear from you."

– Detective Sergeant Mike Standing Salisbury CID

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Police hunt for pub's £20,000 Christmas club money

Wiltshire Police have launched an appeal for information about the theft of around £20,000 - £25,000 from a Christmas savings club organised by the landlord of the Royal Oak Pub in Shrewton near Salisbury.

Officers are also trying to trace Malcolm Levesconte aged 59, the pub landlord, who was last seen at the pub on Sunday 9th December. Detectives have said that Mr Levesconte booked tickets and boarded a ferry that evening from Portsmouth heading for St Malo in France.

Malcolm Levesconte
Malcolm Levesconte - the missing landlord of the Royal Oak pub in Shrewton Credit: Wiltshire Police

The inquiry is being dealt with as a criminal investigation and as a missing person inquiry. Anyone with information can contact Salisbury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anybody concerned about money they have paid in to the Christmas club should contact the Royal Oak pub itself, where their details will be recorded and passed to the police.

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