POLICE have launched a hunt for two men who scaled the roof of a pub in Chester in a bid to break-in.
The daring thieves were spotted making a hole in the roof of the former Highfield pub in Blacon, sparking a major police response.
Officers were scrambled to the now empty pub after a passer by raised the alarm.
Two men, one wearing a baseball cap, blue jeans and a dark green jacket were spotted attempting to get inside the Western Avenue pub.
Police said the would-be burglars had removed a number of slates from the roof in a bid to get in to the empty building, but it is believed the men were disturbed and fled. Nothing is believed to have been taken from inside the building, said Sgt John Tinn, of the Chester Outer Neighbourhood Policing Unit.
Sgt Tinn said: “Officers were called to the scene after an alarm sounded and reports that intruders were on the roof of the premises. There is a hole in the roof where roof slates have been removed but it is believed that nothing was taken.
“However we appeal to any witnesses to contact police.”
A number of residents contacted the Leader to report a large police response outside the once popular pub.
One Leader reader, who asked not to be named, said: “There were a lot of police officers outside the pub and police cars all over the place. It looked like they were carrying out a search nearby to the old Highfield.”
Call 101, quoting reference number 758 of October 29.