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Village still attempting to 'save its Christmas'

The money was taken from the Royal Oak Christmas savings club Credit: ITV Meridian

The people of Shrewton say they are "turning their luck around" one week after the landlord of the Royal Oak pub in the village on the Salisbury Plain disappeared.

60 families have lost their Christmas thrift club savings, which were being handled by Malcolm Levisconte.

Some families have lost as much as £2,500.

“This dreadful event made national headlines,” said Carole Slater, chairman of Shrewton Parish Council. “But the response from around the world has been truly heart-warming.

"A bad news story has become a magnificent celebration of the warmth and generosity of strangers. Shrewton is saving Christmas.”

Villagers have pulled together. Working through www.Shrewton.com, their Shrewton Saves Christmas campaign has already raised £13,250 to help replace the £29,000 that police say has been stolen.

With more events planned up to Christmas Eve, the total is expected to rise significantly.

“This is already far more than anyone expected,” said Pete Elston, who is organising the online donation, overseen by Shrewton Charitable Trust.

“We will carry on right up to Christmas Eve because this is the only way Shrewton can save Christmas for our neighbours.”

A car wash was held on Saturday, followed by Church services on Sunday. On Thursday Shrewton Silver Band will give a concert.

On Friday “Shrewton Shines” will be a special event at Rollestone Manor. And on Saturday Salisbury Football Club will collect cash at their home match against Truro City.

“Shrewton is back on the map for the right reasons,” said Ian West, who represents Till Valley on Wiltshire Council.

“This is a community looking after its own in a truly humbling way way.

"TV news crews, radio and newspaper reporters are all here telling the world how such a terrible event has brought people together – a real Christmas spirit that is making millions of people smile.”

Donations can be made here. Follow on Facebook and Twitter - #Shrewton.

Levisconte is still being sought by police for questioning.

Donations half way to replacing missing savings

The money was taken from the Royal Oak Christmas savings club Credit: ITV Meridian

Villagers and donors are half way to reaching their target to replace £29,000 taken from a Wiltshire pub savings scheme. The landlord of The Royal Oak in Shrewton, Malcolm Levesconte, hasn't been seen since boarding a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo last weekend.

Around 60 people joined the thrift club. But the community have pulled together and have collected £14,500 in just 48 hours through online donations and collections. Villager Emily Westlake said: "It's been wonderful. We really hope we'll reach £29,000 in the next few days." To donate click here.

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Community comes together to save Christmas

They say Christmas is the season of goodwill and that's definitely the case in one village in Wiltshire. The community has clubbed together to raise money for their neighbours left out of pocket after their Christmas savings fund totalling almost 30 thousand pounds went missing.

60 people are thought to have contributed to the thrift club which was being looked after by pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte at Shrewton, on Salisbury Plain. He hasn't been seen since boarding a cross-channel ferry at Portsmouth, bound for San Malo, last weekend.

An appeal set up just yesterday to help victims has raised a staggering £9,000 already.

Donations flood in for missing thrift fund

They say Christmas is the season of goodwill and that's definitely the case in one village in Wiltshire. The community has clubbed together to raise money for their neighbours left out of pocket after their Christmas savings fund totalling almost £30,000 went missing.

60 people are thought to have contributed to the thrift club which was being looked after by pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte at Shrewton, on Salisbury Plain. He hasn't been seen since boarding a cross-channel ferry at Portsmouth, bound for St Malo, last weekend.

An appeal set up just yesterday to help victims has raised more than £6,000 already. All the details on that are here.

Supporters raise £6,000 for Christmas club theft victims

A fund set up to help villagers whose Christmas savings club money has been stolen has raised £6,000 since 5pm last night.

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that £29,000 was taken from the thrift club run by the landlord of The Royal Oak pub in Shrewton.

The village's community website is raising money to assist those affected by the theft..

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£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

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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