Victim tied up as robber raids Leeds pub on Christmas Day

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A pub worker was tied up by a robber who escaped with takings in a terrifying Christmas Day raid.

The 37-year-old man, who was alone at the time, was forced into the upstairs office of the Lord Gascoigne pub in Garforth at dawn on Wednesday before being bound as the thief plundered the safe.

It is thought the robber may have been armed, although no weapon was seen.

The Aberford Road pub was cordoned off in the aftermath of the incident.

Detectives are now appealing for information.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A male member of staff was returning to the Lord Gascoigne pub, in Aberford Road, at about 6am on Wednesday when he was approached from behind by a man who forced him upstairs to the office.

“The victim was made to lie on the floor while the robber stole a substantial amount of cash from the safe.

“The victim was tied up before the suspect left but he managed to call the police a short time later.”

The robbery is the latest at pubs in the Leeds area.

In August and September, six venues were raided by a masked, armed gang who stole thousands of pounds.

The Myrtle Tavern, in Meanwood, The Travellers Rest, in Armley, The Dalesman, in West Park, The Angel Inn, in Rothwell, and Gusto restaurant, in Cookridge, were all targeted.

Four men have been charged over those incidents and are awaiting trial.

Any witnesses to the incident on Christmas Day – which is not being linked to previous crimes – or anyone with information that could help the inquiry is asked to contact Detective Constable Chris Davis at Stainbeck police station via 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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