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Stafford pub licensee left terrified after finding an intruder in the cellar

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

Stafford pub licensee left terrified after finding an intruder in the cellar

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A LANDLADY who was shocked to discover an intruder in her Stafford pub has hit out at lack of police action.

Sarah Pritchard, who runs The Princess Royal in Sandon Road with husband Paul, said she is scared to venture into the pub's beer cellar alone at night after finding the man there when she went to lock up.

She alerted police after hearing noises in the beer cellar in the early hours of May 4.

Police arrived to find the man leaving the pub through the trap door, she said, but more than a month later she is frustrated that no charges have been pressed against the intruder.

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"I received a message from the police saying 'we're sorry, the guy we caught was homeless and there is nothing we can do. He is very sorry.'

"But it is a month later and we have heard nothing. No-one has been back since.

"I contacted the police, and they said I never answered the door to the forensics team that morning. I said I didn't go to bed until 7am – we sat there until 5am doing statements.

"I can't go down to the cellar at night. I'm scared.

"What if I had been an old person? We want to alert other people – they can't get away with this."

Inspector Giles Parsons Deputy Commander , Stafford Local Policing Team, said: "We did conduct an investigation. On this occasion, based on the evidence available, we were not able to proceed with a prosecution. ""However, w"e are committed to prosecuting where the evidence allows."

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