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Suicide verdict at Xmas fund pub landlord inquest

A pub landlord fell to his death from a cross-Channel ferry after disappearing with almost £30,000 pounds of his patrons' Christmas savings

Malcolm Levesconte , aged 59 years, disappeared with the thrift fund from The Royal Oak pub in Shrewton in Wiltshire.

His body was found in the English Channel on Christmas Eve.

The Salisbury inquest heard Mr Levesconte had got into debt with credit cards and rent payments.

He texted his partner from the ferry telling her where to find his suicide notes and will.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.


Inquest into death of Shrewton pub landlord to re-open

Malcolm Levesconte. Credit: ITV News West Country

The inquest is due to open into the death of a Wiltshire pub landlord who disappeared after a £29,000 savings fund went missing.

The body of Malcolm Levesconte from Shrewton was found in the sea near Dover on Christmas Eve. He was last seen boarding a ferry for France.

It's thought he had been using the money to stay in business.

Shrewton pub which had money stolen from its customers' closes

The Royal Oak in Shrewton near Salisbury has temporarily stopped trading Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

A pub whose landlord is believed to have jumped from a ferry to his death after nearly £30,000 was stolen from its customers' Christmas savings club has closed.

The Royal Oak in Shrewton near Salisbury has temporarily stopped trading, brewery chain Enterprise Inns said.

The body of the landlord, 59-year-old Malcolm Levesconte was found in the sea off Dover, Kent, on Christmas Eve. He was last seen on December 9 boarding a ferry for France after the theft from the Christmas savings club at his pub.

Wiltshire Police have said they have been working on the theory that he had been propping up his failing pub business with money from the fund. The death is being treated as non-suspicious.


Body of Shrewton pub landlord has been found


@wiltshirepolice body of #Shrewton pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte has been found. He disappeared earlier this month.


He vanished along with his pub's £29k Christmas savings fund. He was last seen boarding ferry to France but didn't get off in St Malo.

Shrewton villagers will have Christmas savings replaced

People in the village of Shrewton in Wiltshire who lost Christmas savings of £29,000 are due to receive replacement funds later today.

Residents had been saving in a thrift club at a local pub the Royal Oak. Police are still searching for its landlord Malcolm Levesconte who's been missing since early December. They believe he may have taken his own life.

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