Village pub shuts after £7,000 raid

A VILLAGE pub at the centre of a catalogue of problems – including complaints and a robbery – has closed its doors.

The Bull and Dog, Stainland, was due to have it's licence reviewed next week but owner Peter Pogson said he shut the pub after the manager left.

He boarded the place up after a break-in on Tuesday which resulted in about 7,000 going missing.

He said it would reopen once he had found a replacement manager.

The pub, which had a licence to serve alcohol until 4am at weekends and 2am on Tuesdays, had been the subject of complaints from residents.

Licensing Officer PC Ray McSharry said: "Police have been in negotiations with the licensee regarding a large number of incidents of serious disorder.

"Now the licensee appears to have taken the decision to close the premises."

Calderdale Council's Licensing Committee was due to make a decision next week.

Officers and neighbours had complained of gang brawls and under age drinking at the pub, which re-opened four months ago.

Mr Pogson said: "I admit there was the occasional problem but a lot were caused by youngsters who were not allowed in the pub coming along and causing trouble with people smoking outside."

There was relief the pub had now shut among nearby residents and workers.

Paul Barron, of Ripponden, said: "It is not very popular. If you want a quiet drink you don't go there."

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "All you can hear until 6am on a weekend is screaming up and down the road and it makes you scared for the safety of your house."

A review of the licence will still go ahead although a decision is likely to be deferred until the pub's status becomes more certain.