Thieves take booze from burned-down Canterbury pub - again

The damage at the Kirwee Tavern.
The damage at the Kirwee Tavern. Photo credit: Kirwee Tavern/Newshub.

Looters have targeted an historic Canterbury pub for the second time since it was gutted by a Christmas day fire.

Police said alcohol was taken from the Kirwee Tavern some time between Boxing Day and December 27, and money from the tills on Tuesday this week.

The building is cordoned off after a blaze, which 60 firefighters fought, destroyed the site and left it unsafe to re-enter.

In a post on Facebook, the pub's owner Steve Evans said the thefts were the lowest of all lows.

He said the alcohol taken was worth at least $8000, and they were unable to retrieve money in the tills because the building was deemed unsafe to enter.

A supported beam had also collapsed overnight inside, he said.