Monkwearmouth’s Vaux taproom ‘rammed’ and robbed
Written by Isaac Barnett on 21st January 2023
On the 16th of January, Vaux taproom was robbed after having the outer gate ‘rammed’ by a vehicle.
This resulted in extensive damage being caused to the premises, along with alcohol being stolen.
Vaux taproom, is a local business on Monk street, Monkwearmouth, and it is a popular destination for local football fans before and after football games held at the Stadium of Light.
The incident left many employees, and locals alike shocked that Vaux taproom would even be considered be a target for a robbery.
Steven Smith of Vaux beer said: “We were shocked and pretty demoralised to be honest. We lost about a week’s worth of time just getting things fixed and put back where they should be which was infuriating.
“We’ve increased our security quite a bit since the break-in but we’ve never kept cash there as we’re card only so it’s baffling why we’d be targeted in the first place.”
Police were called to the scene of the crime, after employees of Vaux came to their place of work and found their outer gate ruined.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 7am on January 16, police received a report of a burglary at a premises on Monk Street, Sunderland.
“It was reported two unknown offenders had reversed a vehicle into the gates of the premises, before gaining entry and stealing quantities of cash and alcohol.
“Enquiries remain ongoing and anyone with information should contact police using the “tell us something” page on our website, quoting log NP-20230116-0116.”
Vaux brewery immediately took to social media to let the local community know about the robbery:
View this post on Instagram
The post has gained huge support from the local community, gaining over 500 likes, and positive messages of support within the comments section.
Steve Smith said: “People in the community and in the industry were supportive and it’s nice to know that the vast majority of people are behind you.