Upminster pub thanks customers for support after manager held at gunpoint

PUBLISHED: 17:27 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 01 March 2018

The Jobbers Rest in Upminster

The Jobbers Rest in Upminster


An Upminster pub that was burgled and its manager held at gunpoint has thanked customers for their kind messages following the shocking incident.

More than £2,700 was stolen from the Jobber’s Rest pub in Upminster by burglars at around 11.25pm on Sunday night.

The manager was sitting in the office alone when the window was smashed, and the suspects leant in.

One of them was holding a black handgun.

They told her if she opened the safe she wouldn’t be hurt.

They then grabbed cash from a work bench and demanded more from the safe.

In total £2,704.88 was taken by the men, who were described as wearing black and red gloves. They had their hoods up and faces covered.

Neither man entered the building, instead leaning through the window.

An assistant manager from the pub told the Recorder: “We’ve had a lot of people come in and pass on some lovely messages to the staff who were working at the time, asking if they are okay.

“The manager who was on shift that night is as okay as you can be after something like this. You just never expect anything like this to happen to you.

“We all look after each other here, it is like one big family.

“We’ve had a lot of messages on Facebook too, and the local community have been brilliant in their support.”

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