Pub under scrutiny after night vandalism

RESIDENTS are suggesting time should be called early at a village pub after a spate of vandalism. Five cars were damaged earlier this month, allegedly by someone leaving The Bell Inn, Banwell. The parish council is now writing a letter to police to find

RESIDENTS are suggesting time should be called early at a village pub after a spate of vandalism. Five cars were damaged earlier this month, allegedly by someone leaving The Bell Inn, Banwell.The parish council is now writing a letter to police to find out how many complaints there have been at the pub in recent months, following several reports of damage nearby. The pub situated in The Square, has a late licence which sometimes allows it to stay open until 2am. Councillor Mike Dolley said: "The victims will have to claim on their insurance which means some will lose their no claims bonus and others will have to pay hundreds of pounds in excess payments."We took a liberal attitude when the pub asked for its extension but with rights comes responsibility."The council has asked village bobby PC Adrian Woolacott to investigate the matter to see if any further action needs to be taken.North Somerset Council is the licensing authority but Avon and Somerset police also has powers which could affect its status as a late-night drinking hole.Pub landlord Martyn Serpis, aged 55, said: "A lad came into the pub with a bloody hand saying he had just put his hand through the chapel window at about 9pm."He was not a local, but was not drunk. He had already slammed the door to the pub twice that night after having words with a woman he was with and had apologised."Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident on April 5 to call 0800 555 1111.


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