She said: “This is not my first pub. I grew up in the business. I’ve never had problems like this. I’ve never had problems with police before. There are certain local officers I have very good relationships with. Police know they are welcome in my pub.”
She believes, had there been a dialogue between her and PC Phil Richardson, things would not have got to this stage. Now, she says she is not only fighting for the future of the pub, but also for the future of her home.
She said: “PC Phil Richardson refuses to meet with me. He should approach me. I’m very approachable. I have a fantastic relationship with my customers, who support and back me.
“If he came and spoke to me, we could work through this, and, if there is some truth in anything alleged, we could work together to filter it out. But we are in fact pulling apart, at completely different ends of the scale.
“PC Phil Richardson [t is alleged]tried to tell child services he believes my children are at risk. The social worker was very pleasant and sympathetic towards me and is satisfied that my children are not at any risk.
“They think they can bully me, push me out through the back door. If I leave without fighting this it suggests I’m guilty, when I’m not.
“Whatever PC Phil Richardson thinks he’s going to achieve, he hasn’t taken into consideration I’m a single parent with five children. This is their home, which provides them a happy life.
“There are also members of staff who rely on me and wonderful regulars I have become very good friends with. A lot of them are elderly and I don’t think there is anywhere else for them. For them alone, I need to fight this closure notice.
“PC Phil Richardson has made it very clear if I walk away he will quash the notice. But, if I walk away, I look guilty. I’ll have to uproot my children from home and pull away from a life we enjoy and want to continue living.”
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