CROOKS used a fire extinguisher to smash their way into slot machines after breaking into a sports bar.
Police are now appealing for witnesses after Willington Sports Bar, in Twyford Road, was targeted in the early hours of this morning.
The owners of the venue said they felt ‘demoralised’ by the crime, pointing out the fact that pubs were struggling enough to stay afloat in a tough climate, without thieves making things even more difficult.
It is believed the offenders were familiar with the bar, as they had used light switches which are not obvious to find.
They forced their way through external doors to the main function room where they then, using a fire extinguisher, targeted three slot machines – including one which was full and was due to be taken away today.
They also emptied the pool table of its takings.
Yesterday, the owners were awaiting the arrival of police and forensics experts to comb their way through the broken glass and debris.
It is believed various planned events were still due to go ahead, with the sports bar planning to open as normal once the mess had been cleared.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “It was reported to the police just before 8am this morning that the pub had been broken into overnight.
“The doors had been forced to the function room into the main bar and thieves attacked three slot machines and a pool table, and took money.
“They used a fire extinguisher to open the three slot machines.”
The incident happened some time between midnight and 8am, although the owners say it is more likely the break-in occurred between 3am and 4am.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.