New pub managers have big plans after robber jailed

The new managers of a pub that was broken into by a robber with a knife have shrugged off concerns about crime and say they’ll be getting on with business as usual.

David Neve, 30, from Grimsby, was sentenced to three years in prison for the break-in at The Nag’s Head in Laceby in October. The former landlord, Mark Coleman, bravely tackled the robber during the night time raid, but has decided to move on from the pub.

Crimes such as these are fortunately not a common occurrence in the licensed trade but having the right level of business insurance is important, to cover any damage or loss of property.

The Nag’s Head and next door 1815 Bar and Grill are now being run by Kellie Porritt and John Wilson, who said they have not been put off by the crime.

Ms Porritt told the Grimsby Telegraph: “What happened wasn't very nice, and our greatest sympathy goes to the old management, but you've got to move on.

“We want to let people know it's business as usual because we've been getting loads of phone calls about what happened. There's no change.”

Mr Wilson added: “The burglary could have happened anywhere. You can put in as much security as you want but if someone's going to try and break in, they're going to try and break in. We're not worried.”

The couple plan to introduce a number of changes to bring more people into the venue. They include a football team and pool team plus regular quiz and bingo nights. The pub has also hosted a Christmas party and raffle and is keen to start coffee mornings for local mums.

Ms Porritt, who is working in the pub around treatment for thyroid cancer, said the aim was to have something going on every day for local people.