Charity boxes and staff tip jar stolen at Foresters Arm’s break-in

Foresters Arms
The Foresters Arms on Union Street will remain closed for the time being

The Foresters Arms was back open for business yesterday (Tuesday) just hours after they’d been broken into.

Bedfordshire Police confirmed that they had been called to the premises on Tuesday morning, following reports of the burglary.

Alcohol, two charity boxes and a tip box were stolen.

“We were shocked and surprised to find out we had been broken into over night,” said landlord, Ben Howe.

“We are absolutely devastated that someone would do this to our lovely pub and it has shaken up some of our staff quite badly.

“We have had great response from the police, our CCTV and alarm suppliers and our builders who have all restored everything, upped our security and got some valuable evidence and footage.

“We are just glad no one was hurt and everyone was ok and we feel almost sorry for this individual who is clearly desperate enough to break in and steal charity boxes, our staffs’ tips jar and some bottles of spirits.”

Ben and the team have been overwhelmed with messages of support from friends, regulars and the neighbours in the community.

“There is a lot of good in the world,” said Ben. “We hope it can spread to those who need it.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via the online reporting centre on our website, quoting reference 40/11713/20

You can also report information anonymously via Crimestoppers

Contribution Orange new email

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.