Pub back in business

A SUFFOLK pub is back up and running today after after suffering tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.The Retreat in Stowupland was at the centre of a police siege on Tuesday night after a man is said to have caused problems in the pub.

A SUFFOLK pub is back up and running today after after suffering tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The Retreat in Stowupland was at the centre of a police siege on Tuesday night after a man is said to have caused problems in the pub.

The pool table was upturned, windows smashed and chairs thrown around the venue following an apparent disputed bet.

Andy Bradnum, holding manager of the pub, said he spent yesterday tidying the pub up with several others to ensure it could open for business as usual.


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Yesterday evening the pub welcomed regulars to the bar as usual - less than 24 hours after the incident.

Mr Bradnum, 45, said: “We spent five hours cleaning the place up and we decided to open.

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“It took five of us to Hoover the carpet as there were glass shards everywhere.”

Mr Bradnum said the spree of destruction came shortly after two men had been betting on a game of pool.

Following a dispute one of the men left the pub and returned shortly afterwards before forcing his way back into the pub by smashing the door despite the fact it was not locked.

Mr Bradnum hastily escorted customers outside the pub and waited until local police arrived.

Officers arrived soon after and were followed by an Armed Response Unit.

Jonathan Creighton, 26, of Jubilee Crescent in Stowupland, has been charged with two offences following Tuesday night's incident.

He has been charged with causing criminal damage worth a total of £20,000 and with affray.

He was bailed by police and is due to appear before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds later this month.

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