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Published on February 1st, 2011 | by Dean Carr

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Ludlow landlord could lose licence after admitting assault

A landlord at a Shropshire pub is facing being stripped of his alcohol licence after assaulting his partner during a booze-fuelled row, a court has heard.

Matthew Clarke, 28, of the Bull Hotel, in Bull Ring, Ludlow, admitted assault after pushing partner Melanie Milner into a sofa at the pub on January 7.

Telford Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that Clarke’s actions had caused Miss Milner to suffer a nose bleed, problems with her teeth and swollen lips.

Miss Sara Beddow, prosecuting, said a police licensing officer had asked for magistrates to remove Clarke’s alcohol licence.

Miss Beddow said: “The nature of the offence was that the defendant pushed Miss Milner away, causing her to hit her face on the arm of the couch, during a physical confrontation under the influence of alcohol.

“The defendant told police he and Miss Milner had a rocky relationship due to their alcohol abuse and the pressure of running a public house.”

Clarke, representing himself, said he deeply regretted the incident.

He said: “It is very difficult to run a public house, but I hold my hands up and take full responsibility.”

Sentencing was adjourned until February 16 to allow pre-sentence reports to written.

Bail was extended, subject to Clarke not contacting Miss Milner.

Read more: Ludlow News

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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