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Man threatens pub drinkers with power saw in Sale

A man burst into a pub revving a power saw and threatened terrified customers. Andrew Dicken, 37, ran amok in The Bulls Heads on Cross Street, Sale, Greater Manchester, at 00:45 on 9 February. Dicken earlier admitted affray at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 11 March. Source link

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Women put hair in Sunderland pub pizza for refund

Two women were caught putting their own hair in a pizza to get a refund. After complaining at The Peacock in Sunderland, staff apologised and the women were given a £7 refund and free drinks. But staff later realised the hair did not match any of the people working there. CCTV footage showed the women pulling out their hair and adding it to the food. Source link

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The Birmingham pub where real ale and art collide

A city centre pub is developing a reputation as a cultural base for artists and photographers – with a regular series of exhibitions in the bar. Among the latest displays at the Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham is an exhibition by a local photography group. Members of We All Shoot Photos (WASPS) are raising money for a homelessness charity with the sale of prints and calendars. Video journalist: John Bray Source link

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Vegans banned by Lewes pub during hunt

Image caption An employee has been suspended following the banning of vegans Vegans were banned from a pub during a Boxing Day hunt, leading to a backlash on social media. Some people accused The Dorset pub in Lewes, East Sussex, of being “discriminatory”. Harvey’s, the brewery which owns The Dorset, said it was “appalled”, and an employee had been suspended over the “inappropriate” sign. Sussex Police were called when scuffles broke out between those taking part in the hunt and protestors. Image copyright Google Maps Image caption The Dorset caters…

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The pub where your cash is worthless

Image copyright Phil Coomes Image caption Visitors to this pub can’t pay for their drinks or food with cash Cashless establishments may be safer and more convenient, but are they more popular with the public at large? After yet another break-in at south London pub the Crown and Anchor, Arber Rozhaja decided enough was enough. Burglars were after cash lying around after lock-up, but what if there was never any cash on site at all? Mr Rozhaja, operations director at the pub’s parent firm, London Village Inns, calculated the volume…

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More staff hired in shrinking pub industry

Image copyright ViewApart Image caption Food is helping boost employment in pubs and is pulling in the customers Pubs are employing more people than 10 years ago, despite almost a quarter of them having closed over the same period, official figures show. According to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this could be because an increasing number now serve food, which is more labour intensive. More than 11,000 pubs have closed, leaving around 39,000 across the UK, the ONS said. Some areas on the edges of big cities…

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Colin Hendry: Premier League winner plays for Blackburn pub team Moorgate FC

Colin Hendry with Blackburn Rovers in his Premier League heyday and with pub team Moorgate FC He won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, captained Scotland at the World Cup – and now Colin Hendry can add an appearance for pub side Moorgate FC to his football CV. The 52-year-old turned out for the team in the Blackburn Sunday League first division at the weekend, in the town where he won the Premier League title in 1995. “I had always wanted to sign a top player for the team,” Moorgate…

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Toddler hurt by discarded needle in Wetherspoon pub

Image copyright Amy Bate Image caption Oscar spent five hours at hospital after suffering the injury, his mother said A toddler had to be tested for HIV and hepatitis after pricking his finger on a discarded needle in a Wetherspoon restaurant, his mother has revealed. Amy Bate said two-year-old Oscar was hurt while playing under a table at The Glass House in St Helens on Sunday. She said she would have to wait months to find out if he had been infected. Wetherspoon’s spokesman Eddie Gershon said the chain “apologised…

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The £1.3bn finance firm that was conceived in a pub

Image copyright Funding Circle Image caption Samir Desai was 26 when he started plans for Funding Circle The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Samir Desai, founder of peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle. Friends often share money-making ideas over a few drinks in a pub, but it is not often that the scheme in question ends up creating a billion pound business. But that is ultimately what happened after Samir Desai first discussed his big vision with two…

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