Armed robbers target Barrow upon Soar pub in terrifying raid
Two masked raiders broke into a pub and threatened the manager and her husband at knifepoint as they lay in bed.
The two men, wielding 12-inch knives, demanded cash after breaking into the couple's living quarters at The Boat House pub, in Barrow upon Soar, near Loughborough.
The men searched the upstairs flat and became more threatening when they couldn't find anything.
Eventually they fled with up to £2,500 in cash after being told where the takings were kept.
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Nigel Hickinbottom, husband of manager Dawn, said the raid at 7am on Monday – which lasted for 30 minutes – had left them feeling vulnerable.
Mr Hickinbottom, 51, said: "To be honest, for the first few seconds it didn't register. I had no idea what was going on. We had both just woken up and suddenly there were these two men at the foot of our bed with knives – it was scary.
"They just kept asking us where the money was, where the safe was.
"If we moved, they moved the knives closer to us. They were only a step away from us.
"They told us to stay where we were and we wouldn't get hurt."
Mr Hickinbottom said one of the men went running around the flat, while the other stayed with them.
"When he came back and hadn't found anything they got agitated and became more threatening."
Mr Hickinbottom then told them the takings were in a black box in the kitchen.
"I asked them to take it and leave us alone," he said.
He said: "The voice of the one doing all the talking was familiar but I can't put a face or a name to it."
Mr Hickinbottom said: "We're feeling very vulnerable still and we're not sleeping well.
"The pub was burgled when we first came here in June, but we weren't living on the premises then.
"The pub has been open since it happened but we had staff on Monday night because we still couldn't get our heads around it."
Detective Constable Mark Ward said: "This was a frightening incident for the victims and we need to catch those responsible."
He said he wanted to hear from people who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Bridge Street area during the early hours of Monday morning or the previous evening.
He said he also wanted to hear from anyone who had heard any rumours locally about who might be responsible.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dc Ward on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.