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Troubled Exeter pub to reopen

By This is Devon  |  Posted: March 25, 2010

From left, Leah Wells, Tina Brown and Simon Baile

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TROUBLED Exeter pub the Flying Horse is set to reopen tomorrow after it was forced to  close when thugs wrecked the  premises and threatened a barman.
The pub, in Dryden Road,  Wonford, has been refurbished  and its management has  pledged to put an end to the  incidents of violence and drug  taking which have dogged the  premises for months.
Licensing officers say they  will be keeping a close eye on it  for any signs of trouble.
As previously reported in the  Echo, police launched an investigation after a barman was  grabbed and shut in the  toilets  during an attack last month.
Three men are alleged to have  stormed the premises and  smashed up its contents.
 A witness claimed two of  them covered the barman’s  head before imprisoning him in  the toilets.  The trio then ripped  out the plumbing and piping,  causing the building to flood.
Three men were arrested in  connection with the incident  and are on police bail until next  month.
Police said the pub has been a  haunt for drugs and anti-social  behaviour since September  2008. Officers carried out raids  in August and September last  year after neighbours made several complaints to them and the  city council.
The pub’s management has  promised to turn around its  poor reputation.
A spokesman for the Flying  Horse said: “We will be operating a zero-tolerance policy  against any anti-social behaviour and drugs on the  premises.
“The pub has undergone a  dramatic transformation during the time it has been closed.  Thousands of pounds of damage  was caused during the incident  and it has had to be totally refurbished.
“We want the Flying Horse to  be part of the community again  and trouble-makers will not be  tolerated.”
Licensing officer for Devon  and Cornwall police Lesley  Carlo said: “We will be conducting a number of  checks to  ensure the pub is complying  with the conditions of its licence. We will continue to support the designated premises supervisor and offer her all the  assistance we can.
“However, should there be a  number of incidents, it will be  the police’s intention to seek a  further review and we will be  asking the licensing committee  to make a decision on the future  of the premises.”
Ms Carlo urged residents to  contact police if they had any  concerns about behaviour or  suspicious activity at the pub
“It’s vital that if local people  have any concerns that they  should not hesitate to contact  police or their local councillors  or approach the supervisor   themselves,” she said.

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