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.