The manager of a hotel in Rutland has spoken of her shock following a masked raid in the early hours of the morning on Friday last week.
Three masked men broke into Normanton Park Hotel, on the shores of Rutland Water, at around 5am, threatening a member of staff, before leaving the premises with a safe containing thousands of pounds.
Hotel manager Sarah Aspinall was at her home in Market Harborough at the time of the incident.
She said: “The first I knew of the raid was when I received a call in the early hours of the morning to tell me what had happened.
“It was a complete shock, you don’t expect something like that to happen in sleepy Rutland. My first thought was to make sure my staff and guests were OK, I was worried that they may have been hurt.”
The night porter, was the only member of staff on duty the morning of the raid.
Sarah explained how the three masked men “jumped out” on the porter, with one of the men holding him to one side, whilst the other two attempted to remove the safe.
Sarah said: “He was very shaken when I arrived at the hotel. It must have been an awful experience for him, I’m just so pleased he was OK.”
The night before the raid, the hotel played host to a wedding reception, with most of the guests staying in the hotel overnight.
Following the dramatic events of the morning, the hotel had to host another wedding on Friday while police officers carried out their investigations.
Officers were called to the premises shortly after the incident and confirmed that a raid had taken place at the hotel. They are currently carrying out enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Sarah has since heard news that the safe has been recovered in a field in Morcott. The contents of the safe had been taken.
Police confirmed a safe had been found but could not confirm whether it was the safe taken from the hotel.
Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward. You can contact the police on the non-emergency 101 number, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Sarah added: “I hope whoever carried out this crime gets caught.”