Landlord’s terror after attempted armed robbery at Doncaster pub

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A Doncaster pub landlord has spoken of his family’s shock after a shotgun wielding robber demanded the takings in a terrifying night time raid.

The armed, masked raider burst into The New Inn at Stainforth in the early hours of this morning and threatened pub boss Danny Hoff and his son Joshua, 22, before fleeing empty handed.

Said Mr Hoff, 44: “He was only in the pub for about a minute and a half, but it was the longest minute and a half of my life.

“I feel utterly shocked. All I am trying to do is make a living and its pretty disgusting when someone thinks they can come in and take that living off you.”

The drama unfolded at around 2am this morning after the last customers had left the pub which lies alongside the Stainforth and Keadby Canal.

He said: “Joshua was just tidying up behind the bar when this guy burst in wearing an animal mask.

“He thought it was a joke and he started laughing. But then he pulled out a gun and demanded the cash from behind the bar.”

Mr Hoff, who has run the pub for the last ten months with his wife Bev, heard shouts from his son downstairs and went to investigate.

He said: “I don’t know why but I picked up a pool cue and there was a confrontation between the three of us. He was asking for the cash but we told him we didn’t have any.

“Joshua went into the bar and I went into the kitchen and when we came back he had gone. It was a pretty terrifying experience.”

Neither of the pair were injured in the incident.

The pub is a popular stopping off point for pleasure cruisers and narrow boaters using the nearby waterways.

Police are now investigating the attempted armed robbery at the pub in South Bank and have issued a description of the raider.

The unknown man is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build. He is thought to have had his face covered and been wearing a blue Addidas tracksuit.

Anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 111 of 1 February. Alternatively, to give information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mr Hoff, who is due to leave the pub in a few weeks time - the first pub he has ever run - said that the incident would not put him off the licensed trade.

He said: “I am absolutely shocked and disgusted by what has happened. We’ve never had any problems before and last night was just a normal quiet Saturday night.

“But this is not going to put me off. It is just something you have to deal with. It can be the best job in the world but it can also be the worst.

“I think the world is a pretty messed up place when things like this can happen.”