Pub landlord disappears as Christmas savings go missing

Salisbury Journal: Malcolm Levesconte Malcolm Levesconte

POLICE are hunting a pub landlord from Shrewton who is believed to have fled the country with thousands of pounds from a Christmas thrift fund.

Police are trying to track down Malcolm Levesconte, 59, landlord of the Royal Oak, who was last seen on Sunday.

Officers are aware that he booked tickets and boarded a ferry at Portsmouth that evening bound for St Malo in France.

The pub’s Christmas thrift club met each Friday to put money into the scheme, which was due to pay out before Christmas.

Police and a number of other agencies in France are involved in searching for Mr Levesconte.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Salisbury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

People who are concerned about money they have paid in to the thrift club can contact the Royal Oak where their details will be passed on to the police.

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8:51pm Tue 11 Dec 12

S Pance says...

Never understood why people pay into Christmas clubs when they could just as easily pay the money into a bank account.
Never understood why people pay into Christmas clubs when they could just as easily pay the money into a bank account. S Pance
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5:02am Wed 12 Dec 12

benakron says...

WONDERS WHO WILL BE NEXT TO DO A RUNNER WITH XMAS SAVINGS, EVEN A NATIONAL COMPANY ARE NOT SAFE FROM GOING BUST,!!
WONDERS WHO WILL BE NEXT TO DO A RUNNER WITH XMAS SAVINGS, EVEN A NATIONAL COMPANY ARE NOT SAFE FROM GOING BUST,!! benakron
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1:37pm Wed 12 Dec 12

gotanybiscuits? says...

He doesn't look very happy.
I guess he needing cheering up.
He doesn't look very happy. I guess he needing cheering up. gotanybiscuits?
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9:07pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Capricorn 1 says...

If a pub can take in savings maybe a bank could start serving beer.
If a pub can take in savings maybe a bank could start serving beer. Capricorn 1
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9:50pm Wed 12 Dec 12

littlemiss568 says...

none of these comments are particulary helpful, at the end of the day people trusted him and it had been done for years. I feel for the family with young children he is heartless spineless man
none of these comments are particulary helpful, at the end of the day people trusted him and it had been done for years. I feel for the family with young children he is heartless spineless man littlemiss568
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9:19am Thu 13 Dec 12

Capricorn 1 says...

You're right.
You're right. Capricorn 1
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10:23am Thu 13 Dec 12

AndrewM says...

One wonders why schemes like this are still allowed. Banks are heavily regulated for good reasons. Maybe they should be licensed by the local authority...but I guess what they really need is a guarantor of some kind.
One wonders why schemes like this are still allowed. Banks are heavily regulated for good reasons. Maybe they should be licensed by the local authority...but I guess what they really need is a guarantor of some kind. AndrewM
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9:17pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Daytona2 says...

I struggle to understand why these people took such a risk given that we have one of the most highly regulated banking systems in the world. Perhaps they have the same mentality as the paranoics who believe that the only safe place to keep their cash is under the mattress. Big mistake.
I struggle to understand why these people took such a risk given that we have one of the most highly regulated banking systems in the world. Perhaps they have the same mentality as the paranoics who believe that the only safe place to keep their cash is under the mattress. Big mistake. Daytona2
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1:51pm Fri 14 Dec 12

DIAF says...

I fail to understand why these people gave their hard earned money to this bloke.....I mean honestly........real
ly......seriously...
..
I fail to understand why these people gave their hard earned money to this bloke.....I mean honestly........real ly......seriously... .. DIAF
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7:12pm Mon 17 Dec 12

karlmarx says...

I would just like to say how well the community have responded to this underhand chicanery.
Plus correct some earlier posts regarding bank 'regulation'
Mervyn King, former Bank of England governor...
With the benefit of hindsight," he said, "we should have shouted from the rooftops that a system had been built in which banks were too important to fail, that banks had grown too quickly and borrowed too much, and that so-called 'light touch' regulation hadn't prevented any of this."

Light touch regulation? How about no regulation? Thanks Labour! Look what happened.
I would just like to say how well the community have responded to this underhand chicanery. Plus correct some earlier posts regarding bank 'regulation' Mervyn King, former Bank of England governor... With the benefit of hindsight," he said, "we should have shouted from the rooftops that a system had been built in which banks were too important to fail, that banks had grown too quickly and borrowed too much, and that so-called 'light touch' regulation hadn't prevented any of this." Light touch regulation? How about no regulation? Thanks Labour! Look what happened. karlmarx
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10:45pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Daytona2 says...

karlmarx wrote:
I would just like to say how well the community have responded to this underhand chicanery.
Plus correct some earlier posts regarding bank 'regulation'
Mervyn King, former Bank of England governor...
With the benefit of hindsight," he said, "we should have shouted from the rooftops that a system had been built in which banks were too important to fail, that banks had grown too quickly and borrowed too much, and that so-called 'light touch' regulation hadn't prevented any of this."

Light touch regulation? How about no regulation? Thanks Labour! Look what happened.
karlmarx says...
Plus correct some earlier posts regarding bank 'regulation'

Our posts were correct thank you. No savers with banks and building societies lost their savings.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: I would just like to say how well the community have responded to this underhand chicanery. Plus correct some earlier posts regarding bank 'regulation' Mervyn King, former Bank of England governor... With the benefit of hindsight," he said, "we should have shouted from the rooftops that a system had been built in which banks were too important to fail, that banks had grown too quickly and borrowed too much, and that so-called 'light touch' regulation hadn't prevented any of this." Light touch regulation? How about no regulation? Thanks Labour! Look what happened.[/p][/quote]karlmarx says... Plus correct some earlier posts regarding bank 'regulation' Our posts were correct thank you. No savers with banks and building societies lost their savings. Daytona2
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