John Raines denies weapons charges and alleged disturbance at Lavenham pub

The Angel Hotel sign in Lavenham Picture: GREGG BROWN

The Angel Hotel sign in Lavenham Picture: GREGG BROWN

A Suffolk man has denied causing a disturbance and possessing offensive weapons at a Lavenham pub.

John Raines appeared at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, in Ipswich, on Monday.

Raines was charged with common assault, affray, possession of a baton and possession of a Taser.

The 52-year-old, gave his address as Langham Road, Boxted, before entering not guilty pleas to all four of the charges, which were brought following an alleged incident at the Angel Hotel, in Market Place, in the early hours of Monday, January 8.

Suffolk police received reports than a man entered the pub in the early hours with prohibited and offensive weapons.

Prosecutor David Bryant invited magistrates to decline jurisdiction and send the matter to the crown court.

Solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk made no representations and Raines was granted unconditional bail until a pre-trial preparation hearing on August 28.

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