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Can you help this bar catch their squirrel thief?

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 29/12/2016 Sarah Walters

A Northern Quarter bar is appealing for help to catch a squirrel thief who caused £1,400 worth of damage on Tuesday night.

They hope that a girl who was caught on CCTV at the Science & Industry on Thomas Street, a speakeasy-style bar above Cane & Grain, can help them.

She is thought to have been in a large group of around 10 people at the hidden drinking den on a crowded evening on December 27.

Footage captures someone tearing down two squirrels off the wall close to the toilets in the venue.

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The owners are appealing for their safe return but fear they may be too badly damaged to repair.

Co-owner Lyndon Higginson told the M.E.N.: "When everyone goes out at Christmas and gets overly drunk, and perhaps they've not been out for most of the year, they get that leathered they don't think taking something is stealing - they think it's a laugh.

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"It seems to be in Manchester that people think when you're drunk things are free. In New York or London, there's stuff everywhere in bars and nobody takes it, or thinks it's fun to steal things.

"We're happy to say, if they're returned, we'll put it down to drunk messing about, and leave it at that.

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Anyone who knows about the whereabouts of the squirrels, or can identify the person captured on camera, should contact the venue via 0161 839 7033 or by emailing info@caneandgrain.co.uk.

The venue can also be contacted via its Twitter and Facebook pages.

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