Assault and burglary at the Market Inn, Tavistock
By katef1 | Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 20:27
The licensee of the Market Inn on Whitchurch Road was attacked in his pub during the early hours of this morning.
Assault and burglary at the Market Inn on Whitchurch Road, Tavistock
The 72-year-old victim woke at around 3.30am and walked downstairs to the bar area of the pub. As he approached the door, the offender wrenched it open and dragged the elderly victim - who has limited mobility - to the floor.
Once in the bar the offender demanded money and subjected the victim to an assault - striking him with an iron bar. The victim received significant bruising and injury to his arm as he tried to protect his head and body.
The till was broken into but it is not known at this stage whether any money or property was taken.
Investigating officer DC Jason Bryant said: "This is a shocking and disturbing incident on an elderly and vulnerable man who is well-regarded in the local community.
"The offender has shown absolutely no hesitation to use violence, fortunately the victim has sustained only superficial injuries but the intensity of the attack could have led to much worse.
"Thankfully this is not the norm for the area; all efforts are being made to trace the offender and police are conducting high-visibility and robust patrols in the area and carrying out house-to-house enquiries."
This is the second time the pub has been hit recently; overnight on 4/5 August the pub was burgled with cash and other items being stolen.
DC Bryant added: "We are asking for residents to be vigilant especially local pubs, to ensure minimal amounts of cash and valuables are left on the premises when closed, ensure security is checked and that doors and windows are locked."
The offender was dressed in dark clothing and believed to have been wearing a balaclava.