Masked raider’s night of terror in Doncaster

Danny Hoff and his son Josh, pictured outside The New Inn, Stainforth, where they were both threatened at gun point. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 03-02-15 New Inn MC 2

Danny Hoff and his son Josh, pictured outside The New Inn, Stainforth, where they were both threatened at gun point. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 03-02-15 New Inn MC 2

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A masked gunman unleashed terror on staff at two Doncaster pubs on the same night - and could have been responsible for a third incident.

The raider struck at both the New Inn and Central Club in Stainforth last Saturday but escaped empty handed after brave staff confronted him and refused to hand over takings.

Police have now launched a manhunt over fears he may strike again.

Danny Hoff, 44, landlord of the New Inn, said: “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 am just trying to make a living. Its pretty disgusting when someone thinks they can take that living off you.”

The drama unfolded at around 2am on Saturday after the last customers had left the canalside pub in South Bank.

He said: “My son Joshua was just tidying up when this guy burst in wearing an animal mask.

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

Mr Hoff, who has run the pub for the last 10 months with his wife Bev, heard shouts and went to investigate.

He said: “I picked up a pool cue and there was a confrontation between the three of us. He was asking for 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 terrifying.” Neither were injured in the incident.

The man is described as white, 5ft 9ins and of slim build. He had his face covered and was wearing a blue Addidas tracksuit.

Meanwhile, the same man is thought by Mr Hoff to have attacked the nearby Central Club earlier in the evening. He said: “I spoke to the landlord down there and he told me the same guy had been in trying the same thing.”

No one at the Central Club was available for comment.

Meanwhile Mr Hoff also feels the same man was responsible for another armed incident in nearby Thorne a few hours prior to the attack on his pub, although police are not linking the crimes.

A householder was confronted at an address in Mooredges Road at 7.50pm when he disturbed the raider, who appeared to be carrying a firearm, in his back garden.

Following a brief confrontation, the suspect ran off without taking anything and leaving the resident unharmed.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 10ins and of medium build. He is thought to have been wearing a blue tracksuit and had his face covered.

Anyone with information on the Thorne raid should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 926 of 31 January while anyone reporting details about the Stainforth crime should quote incident number 111 of 1 February.