Pubwatch members extend police ban for woman who attacked Crook landlord


PUBWATCH members have sent a strong message to anyone who abuses staff following the conviction of a woman who repeatedly punched a pub landlord.

Rachel Bainbridge of Oakley Green, West Auckland, was given an exclusion order banning her from going to the Crown Inn, in Crook, for six months, after she was convicted of common assault on the landlord last month.

She also admitted racially or religiously harassing a police officer after using racist language while in custody and obstructing a police officer, after a drunken night on January 13.

However, after the latest meeting of the Crook and Willington Pubwatch, members agreed to ban the 34-year-old for a year.

The Crown Inn’s landlord, Valentine Bargewell, said the group had spoken to the police as part of the meeting and agreed to extend the ban.

He said: “We want to send out a strong message that even though the court can bar someone for six months, Pubwatch can also bar people with a review.”

A review on Bainbridge’s ban will take place in February 2020.

Story and photograph courtesy of Northern Echo

NPW Editors comment:

It might not be common knowledge that the Sentencing Council views the assault of anyone providing a ‘service to the public’ as being an aggravating feature of the offence. Bar and door staff as well as shop workers are in the front line when it comes to of preventing under age sales or the sale of alcohol to drunks. As such they are all too often subjected to unacceptable abuse or assault.

We hope that the courts continue to provide appropriate sanctions against offenders and licensees independantly uphold their Common Law right to exclude anyone who is a threat to their staff and customers.