A beloved Southport pub has been hit with a setback as they prepare to reopen following the Coronavirus lockdown.

Staff at the popular Hesketh Arms were stunned to find their outdoor seating had been swiped and ‘taken without permission’ as they prepare to get back on their feet following the Coronavirus lockdown which has seen pubs across the country shut.

CCTV is now being looked at to try and find the culprit after the furniture seemingly disappeared in broad daylight.

Anyone who may have any information should call 101