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.
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.
WIth just days to go before Christmas, villagers in Wiltshire were dismayed to find that £29,000 they'd been saving in a thrift club at a local pub had gone missing. But thanks to an online campaign, Christmas isn't cancelled yet. Martin Dowse is in Shrewton for us.
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.
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."
VIDEO: They've spent all year saving in a Christmas club to spread the cost of the big day - but with just 13 days to go a group of villagers in Wiltshire have found out their money has gone missing. It adds up to £25,000. Sally Simmonds reports.
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.
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.