One of Plymouth's favourite pubs is back open tonight against the odds - after vandal burglars broke in and smashed it up.
The award-winning Fortescue on Mutley Plain had to close its doors earlier today following the early-hours raid.
It happened at a similar time as another nearby pub, The Golden Hind on Mannamead Road, was also broken into.
The Fort's raiders struck sometime between 1am and 9am on Thursday. The callous burglars also broke into the upstairs flat and made off with personal belongings.
Police are investigating the possibility that the two pub break-ins are linked.
During the break in at The Fortescue, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said that a number of men's wrist watches were stolen from the building.
The spokesperson said: "Offenders have broken into the private living accommodation above the pub and the pub itself.
"Untidy searches carried out in both [areas] – doors of cupboards broken off in both premises. Damage also caused to the door of the pub.
"Offenders have stolen a number of men’s wrist watches, but we do not have the full list of everything taken as yet."
A post on The Fortescue's Facebook page said it was unable to reopen - and asked customers to keep their "eyes and ears open".
However it is understood the boozer has opened its doors to loving customers this evening against the odds.
The post initial post read: "Dear friends. Unfortunately some undesirables have decided to break in and smash a lot of the place up.
"We are currently unable to open. Please keep your eyes and ears open for us. Sorry for any inconvenience. Trust me it's a big inconvenience for us!"
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting crime number CR/064874/18.
Officers are also investigating a burglary at the Golden Hind in Mannamead Road around 1.55am on Thursday.
A police spokesperson said: "Offenders have gained entry through one of the doors.
"Alarm panel was damaged but nothing stolen as believed offenders may have been spooked by something."
A post on The Golden Hind's Facebook page says that the pub is still open "but very restricted".
"We are currently open but very restricted. Please keep your eyes and ears open for us. Sorry for any inconvenience trust me it's a big inconvenience for us!
"Any one with any information please speak to Nick or the police. This has also happened in other places so please keep a look out!"
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting crime number, CR/064826/18.