Lavenham hotel associated with serious crimes and disorder, say police

The Angel Hotel in Lavenham. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The Angel Hotel in Lavenham. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

The Angel Hotel sign in Lavenham. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The Angel Hotel sign in Lavenham. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The application relating to The Angel in Lavenham was submitted after officers received a report of a man who, brandishing weapons, assaulted two men there in the early hours of Monday, January 8.

The pub and hotel in Market Place, which was previously owned by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, has been voluntarily closed all week. A spokesman from Suffolk police told this newspaper: “We received reports of an incident at the Angel in Market Place that took place in the early hours of Monday, January 8 2018.

“Reports that a man entered the licensed premises with prohibited and offensive weapons and then assaulted two men, causing minor injuries, are being investigated by officers.

“A man in his 50s from the Colchester area was arrested by police and has now been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

“A full review of the Licensing Act 2003 premises licence on issue to the Angel Hotel, Market Place, Lavenham will take place within the next 28 days.”

A spokesperson for Babergh District Council confirmed the authority was currently dealing with an application from the chief officer of police to carry out an expedited review of the premises licence.

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He added: “This will be held within 28 days following the application being submitted on 12th January 2018. If any other person has representations relating to promotion of licensing objectives they may be submitted to the licensing authority by January 26. The grounds for the review have been certificated by the superintendent as the premises being associated with both serious crime and disorder.”

Butcher, John Coleman, who supplied meat for the pub’s ‘John Coleman grill’ said: “I’m really shocked to hear about it. I didn’t even know they were going to close so it’s a great surprise to me.”

Mr Coleman was himself victim of a vicious robbery at his home in Boxted on January 5, when two men armed with crowbars smashed their way into his home, just days before the incident at the Angel Hotel. Police are not linking the two incidents at this stage.

Attempts by this newspaper to reach the pub were unsuccessful yesterday.

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