Pub shuts after thugs barred from venue launch barrage of attacks on boozer

A pub was forced to shut after thugs who were barred from the boozer launched a series of targeted attacks on the venue, according to police.

George V pub, in Birmingham, was repeatedly targeted by a group of masked punters who smashed windows and hurled paint across the car park, after they were banned from the venue, reports Birmingham Live.

The venue has now been forced to close temporarily after West Midlands Police confirmed there had been a series of "targeted incidents from individuals barred from the pub.”

Police are hunting the group of masked thugs who reportedly hurled rocks at the boozer and repeatedly threatened the landlady Paula Taylor in a campaign of violence.

One man was arrested in relation to the incident, but was released on police bail while further forensic analysis and CCTV verifications are carried out.

A statement from the force read: “Officers are investigating a number of incidents involving criminal damage and threats being made to a landlady of a pub in Sheldon and a pub in Solihull over the past fortnight.

“We take all matters or threats, harassment and criminal damage very seriously, and have assured the landlady that we are doing all we can to find those responsible.

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“A man has been arrested in relation to the attacks and has been released on bail while investigations continue. We are currently forensically examining evidence and CCTV enquiries are continuing.

“We have visited the landlady who is understandably distressed by these targeted incidents from individuals she has barred from the pubs and we continue to support and keep her updates on our enquiries.

“The local neighbourhood team have also advised on her security, and patrols have been stepped up in the area.”

A spokesman for Stars Pubs & Bars said: ”We are doing everything we can to resolve this situation.

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“We have taken the decision to temporarily close The George V and have organised a heightened security measures, which will remain in place throughout the pub’s closure.

“Looking to the future, we would like to re-establish The George V as the great community local that it was in the past.”

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