A Devon pub remains closed a week after the Traveler incident

A Devon pub has been closed for a week after an “appalling” incident involving a person believed to be staying at a Traveler camp. Police confirmed they were called to the scene.

Last Tuesday (June 4), The Maltings Taphouse and Bottle Shop in Newton Abbot closed earlier than usual following an incident in which a man from a group of travelers staying at Osborne Park was reported to have pushed past pub owner Chris Cutts after being refused permission. introduction.

Police were called and reportedly escorted the man out of the pub. A spokesman for Devon & Cornwall Police said: “Police received a report of a man being pushed by another man at a premises on Teign Road on June 4 at around 6.30pm.”

Chris claims that his decision not to allow Travelers into his premises was not based on discrimination, but rather on previous experiences with people from this particular group. It says it has allowed people staying at Osborne Park in 2023 to enter the pub and use facilities such as a toilet and free glasses of water. But he claims their kindness was “abused” and that customers were assaulted, supplies were stolen and some people defecated on the floor.

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As part of a lengthy statement on his website, Chris said: “In early June 2023, a group of travelers settled in Osborne Park, directly outside our door. At Taphouse, we strived to make them welcome – to treat our new neighbors the same way we treat everyone else.

“Our doors were open to them, including the ability to use our toilets, without expecting them to pay for us – as we would do for everyone else. The weather was warm and we provided them with complimentary glasses of ice and water upon request and served them as customers on several occasions.

“Unfortunately, our courtesy has been abused; customers have been attacked, merchandise has been stolen, people have defecated on the floor of our premises, our glassware has been smashed multiple times both inside and outside the premises, I have personally had broken glass thrown at me and my car.