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Burglary suspect arrested after being detained by landlord

November 19, 2019
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A landlord acted "instinctively" when he detained a man after a break-in at his pub this morning.

Darren McKechnie was bitten in the stomach after a tussle with a man who he found attacking a fruit machine with half a paving slab at the Chequers Inn, in High Road, Chilwell, just before 5am.

The 48-year-old had gone to investigate after hearing smashing in the bar area.

Mr McKechnie, who only had a knee replacement about six weeks ago, said: "I didn't think. He was in my premises and it's happened to so many pubs around here the landlords are getting tired of it. It was just instinct.

"I held his arms by the wrist and lay on top of him. I'm 18st and I'm not easy to shift."

Mr McKechnie, who has been a landlord at the Chequers for four-and-a-half years, said his wife also came downstairs after hearing a commotion and called the police while he was struggling with the man. The fruit machine was pulled to the ground in the struggle.

Officers quickly attended and arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of burglary and assault causing actual bodily harm.

He remains in custody and is also being questioned in connection with a number of other similar incidents.

Detective Sergeant Rick Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Although we would never suggest people tackle burglars this was a brave act to confront and detain a man following a break-in at his pub.

"Thankfully he wasn't seriously hurt and a man was arrested in connection with the incident.

"The man who was arrested is also being questioned in connection with a series of other pub burglaries over the last three months."

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious is being urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 57 of 19 November 2019.

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