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Monday 22 September 2014

'Sorry' burglar sends pub £100

Published 01/07/2014 | 16:17

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Himself will be the next buried

A pub owner has been sent a £100 cheque and an apology from an "ashamed" burglar more than 20 years after the crime.

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Frances Cunningham got the letter addressed to her at the Swettenham Arms near Congleton, Cheshire, after a break-in at the country pub 21 years ago.

Mrs Cunningham took over the pub in 1993, refurbishing the building, a former nunnery, which dates back to the 16th Century.

She said she cannot remember the break-in, which apparently caused damage to the cigarette machine.

But last week she received a letter and the cheque confessing all.

Mrs Cunningham will not reveal the name of the person, a woman from Wales, who sent the letter and money as recompense.

In the letter, the burglar writes: "To Mr and Mrs Cunningham,

"I was involved in a burglary at your business in 1992, approx.

"I didn't break in or smash up the ciggarette (sic) machine but I was there and I went in.

"I am very very sorry I did not realise the seriousness of my actions at the time I had been through alot (sic) and had no idea were (sic) to get help.

"I am ashamed and sad because of the fear it may of induced and the cost and time.

"I wish I could take it back alot (sic).

"I hope that you will never be bothered by such cruelty ever again.

"Yours sincerely"

The letter concludes: "P.S. If there are any further costs, let me know."

Mrs Cunningham added: "I think she's got a conscience and worried about this for a very long time and I hope she doesn't worry about it any more.

"She's obviously been blaming herself and worrying.

"I shall now write back to her and thank her."

Mrs Cunningham said the £100 has been banked and donated to the local church.

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