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.

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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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