Sixty customers at a pub in Wiltshire have lost nearly £30,000 from their Christmas savings club.
Detectives are investigating after the landlord of the Royal Oak in Shrewton disappeared several days ago. Malcolm Levesconte is believed to have caught a ferry to France.
An emergency meeting has been held in the village this afternoon.
Our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme was live from Shrewton on The West Country Tonight:
Police in Wiltshire are searching for a pub landlord following the disappearance of up to £30,000 from a Christmas thrift fund. Malcolm Levesconte, 59, hasn't been seen at the Royal Oak in Shrewton near Amesbury since the weekend.
Detectives say a substantial amount of cash has gone missing from the pub. It was accumulating in a Christmas fund which regulars paid into every month in anticpation of having some money to spend over the festive period.
Police are aware that Mr Levesconte booked tickets and boarded a ferry at Portsmouth on Sunday December 9th bound for St Malo in France.