New juice bar for Suffolk village
ENTERPRISING landlords will be exchanging pints for pop when they open a new juice bar for youngsters in a troubled Suffolk village.Jane and Ralph Davis, who run the White Horse in Capel St Mary, are hoping the under 18s bar will be up and running by Easter.
By Tina Heath
ENTERPRISING landlords will be exchanging pints for pop when they open a new juice bar for youngsters in a troubled Suffolk village.
Jane and Ralph Davis, who run the White Horse in Capel St Mary, are hoping the under 18s bar will be up and running by Easter.
"There's nothing for the youngsters to do here and consequently they hang around and cause mayhem," said mum-of-one Mrs Davis.
"We wanted to give them some entertainment, keep them amused and keep them off the streets."
The juice bar will be built in old stables in the grounds of the pub and will be kited out with pool table and gaming machines.
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It is expected to be open for weekends at first although the couple hopes to offer a seven days a week service throughout the summer holidays.
Young people who congregate in the shopping precinct in Capel came under fire after it was revealed that the village has been plagued with periods of petty crime, including vandalism and criminal damage.
Murder victim Joan Albert was harassed by youngsters who turned over ornaments in her garden and rang her door bell before running away.
The 79-year-old widow was found stabbed to death in her night clothes in the hallway of her Boydlands home on Sunday December 16.
There is no youth club in the village, which is a meeting point for young people from neighbouring communities, and a monthly disco organised by the Capel and Little Wenham Association was nearly cancelled last year because of rowdy behaviour and allegations of under age drinking.
Mrs Davis, who has a 16-year-old son Brett, added: "There will be rules and regulations and if they don't behave they won't get in, simple as that."