BURGLARS who broke into a pub were captured on CCTV during the raid.

Police are investigating the break-in at The Lambton Arms on Front Street in Chester-le-Street on Saturday at around 4am.

The suspects forced entry into the hotel and pub through the fire exit and once inside caused over £2,000 worth of damage and stole in excess of £1,500 in addition to taking two charity boxes from the bar area.

The men then left on foot in an unknown direction at around 6.20am.

PC Daniel Powell, from Chester-le-Street Police, said: “If you recognise either of these males in the CCTV or can provide any information in relation to the incident, please call us on 101 quoting reference number 69 of February 2.”