UPDATE: Robbers use chain to drag cash machine from Horwich pub owned by dad of Danny Jones from McFly

The Bolton News: The Jolly Crofters in Horwich. Picture from Google Maps. The Jolly Crofters in Horwich. Picture from Google Maps.

AN EMPTY cash machine was dragged out of a pub with a chain during a robbery.

Two raiders burst into The Jolly Crofter pub in Chorley Old Road, Horwich, where one of the men threatened staff with a crowbar.

A second man then put a chain around the cash machine and dragged it outside to a waiting vehicle.

The robbers are believed to have waited until the last customer left the pub, which is run by Alan Jones — dad of McFly’s Danny Jones and The Voice star, Vicky Jones — before committing the robbery.

Mr Jones and Cameron Chippendale, the assistant manager, were in the bar area when the robbers burst in at 11.50pm on Wednesday.

Staff were locking up and had switched off the cash machine.

Sharon Jones, landlady at the pub, said: “I was upstairs and I heard a noise — it was the men grappling with the ATM machine. They were ripping it out of the floor as it was bolted down.

“One had what we think was a crowbar, and Alan just told them to crack on with it, and he and Cameron went into the cellar.”

Mrs Jones ran back upstairs when she realised a robbery was taking place and phoned police.

She said: “They were only about five minutes. They knew exactly what they were doing. They have just caused damage to the floor where the machine was ripped out together with the electrics.

“We are still quite shaken from the whole thing.”

The couple took over the pub earlier this year.

Mr Jones said: “I was terrified to a certain extent as some people think your life isn’t worth £50. I was worried as to where my wife was. I moved to one side and let them get on with it. There was no words from the men, just threats with gestures.”

The getaway car is believed to be a hatchback.

Det Sgt Richard Barrett, from Bolton police, said: “We are urging anyone who was in the area and saw two men acting suspiciously to get in touch with police.”

The first man was white, about 5ft 10in tall, slim and was wearing a grey hooded top and dark bottoms.

The second man was also believed to be white, about 6ft tall, medium build and was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 8565761 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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11:38am Thu 1 May 14

Jim271 says...

Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop.

Just feeds people addictions.
Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions. Jim271
  • Score: -27

11:56am Thu 1 May 14

filthy6 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions.
Well it's not there now....!
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions.[/p][/quote]Well it's not there now....! filthy6
  • Score: 40

11:58am Thu 1 May 14

Rememberscarborough says...

I agree about not having them in betting shops but a pub is no different to a corner shop or a supermarket so I have no problem with that. However, the landlord may be thinking twice if they're going to be raided like that.
I agree about not having them in betting shops but a pub is no different to a corner shop or a supermarket so I have no problem with that. However, the landlord may be thinking twice if they're going to be raided like that. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 14

12:18pm Thu 1 May 14

melloj says...

It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.
It'll be the bank losing out not the pub. melloj
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Thu 1 May 14

Home is where the heart is says...

Not to worry,according to police crime figures things like this don't happen anymore.It was just three men playing tug of war,he..he!
Not to worry,according to police crime figures things like this don't happen anymore.It was just three men playing tug of war,he..he! Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 8

12:27pm Thu 1 May 14

wsw69 says...

melloj wrote:
It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.
Actually it will be the private mob that charge extortionate rates to withdraw from the machines. So, in a roundabout fashion it's a case of the robbers have been robbed.
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.[/p][/quote]Actually it will be the private mob that charge extortionate rates to withdraw from the machines. So, in a roundabout fashion it's a case of the robbers have been robbed. wsw69
  • Score: 19

12:28pm Thu 1 May 14

wsw69 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop.

Just feeds people addictions.
I agree with them not being in betting shops, but there is no reason not to have them in a public house. And I would hardly call it a disgrace, each to their own :-)
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions.[/p][/quote]I agree with them not being in betting shops, but there is no reason not to have them in a public house. And I would hardly call it a disgrace, each to their own :-) wsw69
  • Score: 6

2:02pm Thu 1 May 14

Alfranco says...

I sorta live near there, miles away. I'm slightly shocked as I've walked near the place a few times & never even realised the pub even had a cash machine. Like someone said tho, they probably charged say £1.75 to withdraw £10. making it a round total of £11.75... So good riddance to a rip-off cash machine. Here today, gone & taken for good... Hopefully never to be replaced....
I sorta live near there, miles away. I'm slightly shocked as I've walked near the place a few times & never even realised the pub even had a cash machine. Like someone said tho, they probably charged say £1.75 to withdraw £10. making it a round total of £11.75... So good riddance to a rip-off cash machine. Here today, gone & taken for good... Hopefully never to be replaced.... Alfranco
  • Score: 7

2:19pm Thu 1 May 14

Alfranco says...

Just a thought, If the pub had C.C.T.V they might have their faces on candid-camera... (WHY IT HASNT OCCURED TO PLOD, IS ANYONES GUESS) Reason for that is, These so-call scum must have been in the pub on a previous occasion, (STRANGERS, NEVER TO RETURN) cased the joint beforehand. Then (OBVIOUSLY) later, then planned when was the best day and time to make their move and then rob the place. Some so called Robin hoods robbing from the wealthy but failed too distribute to the down-troddon who got ripped off by this (MONEY-MAKER CASH MACHINE) in the 1st place.
Just a thought, If the pub had C.C.T.V they might have their faces on candid-camera... (WHY IT HASNT OCCURED TO PLOD, IS ANYONES GUESS) Reason for that is, These so-call scum must have been in the pub on a previous occasion, (STRANGERS, NEVER TO RETURN) cased the joint beforehand. Then (OBVIOUSLY) later, then planned when was the best day and time to make their move and then rob the place. Some so called Robin hoods robbing from the wealthy but failed too distribute to the down-troddon who got ripped off by this (MONEY-MAKER CASH MACHINE) in the 1st place. Alfranco
  • Score: -7

2:45pm Thu 1 May 14

wanderer88 says...

filthy6 wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions.
Well it's not there now....!
yeh course, that wont encourage people to drink drive to a cash machine, course not...
Tell you what, lets just remove all beer from pubs, that should solve the problem.
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions.[/p][/quote]Well it's not there now....![/p][/quote]yeh course, that wont encourage people to drink drive to a cash machine, course not... Tell you what, lets just remove all beer from pubs, that should solve the problem. wanderer88
  • Score: 3

2:47pm Thu 1 May 14

wanderer88 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop.

Just feeds people addictions.
Great shout, that wont encourage people to drink drive to a cash machine. Oh no, of course not. Tell you what, lets just take the beer out of pubs shall we, that should solve the problem no?
Get back to your crossword mate.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Its a disgrace having a cash machine in a pub, or a betting shop. Just feeds people addictions.[/p][/quote]Great shout, that wont encourage people to drink drive to a cash machine. Oh no, of course not. Tell you what, lets just take the beer out of pubs shall we, that should solve the problem no? Get back to your crossword mate. wanderer88
  • Score: 6

2:49pm Thu 1 May 14

wanderer88 says...

wsw69 wrote:
melloj wrote:
It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.
Actually it will be the private mob that charge extortionate rates to withdraw from the machines. So, in a roundabout fashion it's a case of the robbers have been robbed.
I can confirm the cash machine was a non charging one
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.[/p][/quote]Actually it will be the private mob that charge extortionate rates to withdraw from the machines. So, in a roundabout fashion it's a case of the robbers have been robbed.[/p][/quote]I can confirm the cash machine was a non charging one wanderer88
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Thu 1 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

Its not a rough pub that I dont think so the criminals would have prob stood out when they went in the place to suss it out. What accent did they have were they locals or maybe our Irish friends they like robbing cash machines as well as everything else ?
Its not a rough pub that I dont think so the criminals would have prob stood out when they went in the place to suss it out. What accent did they have were they locals or maybe our Irish friends they like robbing cash machines as well as everything else ? Wolfie190
  • Score: -1

4:22pm Thu 1 May 14

wsw69 says...

wanderer88 wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
melloj wrote:
It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.
Actually it will be the private mob that charge extortionate rates to withdraw from the machines. So, in a roundabout fashion it's a case of the robbers have been robbed.
I can confirm the cash machine was a non charging one
Have you spoken with Alan the landlord?
[quote][p][bold]wanderer88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: It'll be the bank losing out not the pub.[/p][/quote]Actually it will be the private mob that charge extortionate rates to withdraw from the machines. So, in a roundabout fashion it's a case of the robbers have been robbed.[/p][/quote]I can confirm the cash machine was a non charging one[/p][/quote]Have you spoken with Alan the landlord? wsw69
  • Score: 8

4:30pm Thu 1 May 14

wsw69 says...

Now for the 'best bit'. The cash machine was empty.
Now for the 'best bit'. The cash machine was empty. wsw69
  • Score: 18

4:38pm Thu 1 May 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Its not a rough pub that I dont think so the criminals would have prob stood out when they went in the place to suss it out. What accent did they have were they locals or maybe our Irish friends they like robbing cash machines as well as everything else ?
PMS .... WOLFIE190

MAYBE THEY WILL PUT SOME WHEELS ON IT AND ATTACH A STEERING WHEEL... PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OPEN FOR A NEW RIDE ON A CAROUSEL FAIRGROUND :-)
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Its not a rough pub that I dont think so the criminals would have prob stood out when they went in the place to suss it out. What accent did they have were they locals or maybe our Irish friends they like robbing cash machines as well as everything else ?[/p][/quote]PMS .... WOLFIE190 MAYBE THEY WILL PUT SOME WHEELS ON IT AND ATTACH A STEERING WHEEL... PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OPEN FOR A NEW RIDE ON A CAROUSEL FAIRGROUND :-) VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 5

5:45pm Thu 1 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

They will be dyed pink by now or splashed with smart water.

Still the police will go at this one vigorously for one of their corporate friends. If it was the pub till that was robbed I doubt this would even be making the news.
They will be dyed pink by now or splashed with smart water. Still the police will go at this one vigorously for one of their corporate friends. If it was the pub till that was robbed I doubt this would even be making the news. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 2

5:49pm Thu 1 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Why are comments disabled on the Millions Of Illegal Cigarettes Seized report?

I find the headline hilarious. "Millions of illegal cigarettes seized in custom officer swoop"
Why are comments disabled on the Millions Of Illegal Cigarettes Seized report? I find the headline hilarious. "Millions of illegal cigarettes seized in custom officer swoop" Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 2

6:10pm Thu 1 May 14

MarkAllRead says...

Alfranco wrote:
Just a thought, If the pub had C.C.T.V they might have their faces on candid-camera... (WHY IT HASNT OCCURED TO PLOD, IS ANYONES GUESS) Reason for that is, These so-call scum must have been in the pub on a previous occasion, (STRANGERS, NEVER TO RETURN) cased the joint beforehand. Then (OBVIOUSLY) later, then planned when was the best day and time to make their move and then rob the place. Some so called Robin hoods robbing from the wealthy but failed too distribute to the down-troddon who got ripped off by this (MONEY-MAKER CASH MACHINE) in the 1st place.
Have you just spent the afternoon in the pub? What makes you think that the police haven't checked the CCTV?
[quote][p][bold]Alfranco[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, If the pub had C.C.T.V they might have their faces on candid-camera... (WHY IT HASNT OCCURED TO PLOD, IS ANYONES GUESS) Reason for that is, These so-call scum must have been in the pub on a previous occasion, (STRANGERS, NEVER TO RETURN) cased the joint beforehand. Then (OBVIOUSLY) later, then planned when was the best day and time to make their move and then rob the place. Some so called Robin hoods robbing from the wealthy but failed too distribute to the down-troddon who got ripped off by this (MONEY-MAKER CASH MACHINE) in the 1st place.[/p][/quote]Have you just spent the afternoon in the pub? What makes you think that the police haven't checked the CCTV? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 0

10:44pm Thu 1 May 14

Andyroost says...

No one seems alarmed at the fact these scumbags think their way of life is acceptable, why go out and work hard to earn a living and have self worth when you can steal whatever you want and know this justice system wont punish them, they know there wont be police there for a while as the police stations have all shut down, What would have been the response time from a mile down the road, and what was the response time from Astley Bridge, they prob passed the cash machine on its way down chorley old rd, Lawless Bolton, never mind Britain
No one seems alarmed at the fact these scumbags think their way of life is acceptable, why go out and work hard to earn a living and have self worth when you can steal whatever you want and know this justice system wont punish them, they know there wont be police there for a while as the police stations have all shut down, What would have been the response time from a mile down the road, and what was the response time from Astley Bridge, they prob passed the cash machine on its way down chorley old rd, Lawless Bolton, never mind Britain Andyroost
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Thu 1 May 14

wsw69 says...

Alan Jones does not own the pub, he is the landlord. He's made a huge difference to it as well since he came in a few months ago. A real down to earth hard working chap he is too!

So why the need to update the headline about him being the dad of Danny and Vicky Jones? That is all the update is about and NOTHING to do with any more info on the actual event that happened.
Alan Jones does not own the pub, he is the landlord. He's made a huge difference to it as well since he came in a few months ago. A real down to earth hard working chap he is too! So why the need to update the headline about him being the dad of Danny and Vicky Jones? That is all the update is about and NOTHING to do with any more info on the actual event that happened. wsw69
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Fri 2 May 14

Dr Doo Little says...

HHHHHHhhhhhhmmmmmmmm
, very fishy!
HHHHHHhhhhhhmmmmmmmm , very fishy! Dr Doo Little
  • Score: 0

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