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Pub Landlord Found Dead After Theft
A pub landlord who vanished after £30,000 disappeared from a Christmas thrift fund has been found dead.
Police have confirmed that a body found in the sea near Dover is the body of Malcolm Levesconte, a pub landlord from Shrewton.
Mr Levesconte, aged 59, landlord of the Royal Oak Pub, was last seen at the pub on Sunday, December 9.
Detectives were able to confirm that Mr Levesconte booked a return ferry ticket to St Malo in France that same evening and boarded a ferry at Portsmouth.
Police also discovered that £30,000 had gone missing from a Christmas fund at the pub and Mr Levesconte had had mounting debts.
Officers feared Mr Levesconte may have jumped off the ferry as they were not able to confirm that he had left the ferry in St Malo.
On Christmas Eve, Kent Police informed Wiltshire detectives that a body had been found in the sea near to Dover.
Tests have confirmed that this body was that of Mr. Levesconte. His next of kin have been informed.
The death is being treated as non-suspicious. A file will now be prepared by Wiltshire police on behalf of the coroner.
Following the theft, 60 families were left facing a bleak Christmas but saw the festive season saved after people donated money to replace the stolen funds.
It took just four days to replace the missing £29,000 thanks to one anonymous donation of £10,000 and hundreds of smaller contributions from as far afield as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the United States.
Local families had been contributing to the fund since last January and the village has a strong tradition of saving through local pubs and groups.
The family of Mr Levesconte continue to request that the media respect their privacy.
what do you think?
Why would someone take the money then jump over board from a ship and drown - seems highly unlikely
Stress/guilt, mounting debts and being in this industry fighting against supermarkets on booze. Sounds like he may have struggled with this on a moral issue and sad to say he may have taken this action. Sad story :(
he's nicked it and spent it as people paid in over the whole year, so there was no money in the pot when christmas arrived
The same way people shoot little children when fired up, then realise what they done when they clam done, then commit suicide in remorse.
Maybe spent the money on his debts then couldn't go home and didn't want to be hunted down by the law so coulndn't go on. A sad but happening more and more type of story. Money troubles are hitting everyone one way or the other how we deal with it depends on us as individuals. Thanks to all who donated to help recover most of the money.
nicked it felt like there was no way out, took the easy way out tragic but it happens
He may have been the victim .RIP
Sad, but you live or die by your actions
Sad but he looks a wrongun
It's sad really. He had a lovely smile.
Sadness for those left behind, who now might wonder how they could haved hepled him, if only he had opened up. 4 days to replace the missing money, what a wonderful thing. How many more in the same position.
Well we got the right outcome.