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Hereford pub has its licence suspension lifted
A HEREFORD pub that was at the centre of a serious assault is due to re-open in the next few weeks after having its suspension lifted.
The Golden Fleece in Owen Street was temporarily closed down after a special Herefordshire Council regulatory committee heard of its links to a number of incidents needing police attention.
The most serious occurred on Good Friday when Stephen Lysicia sustained a fractured skull after being assaulted outside the pub.
The 53-year-old, of Moor Farm, Hereford, remains in a critical condition on lifesupport at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Two men in their 50s are currently on police bail pending further enquries.
The committee also decided to remove pub supervisor Nathan Dimbylow from the premises pending a full review.
It reconvened yesterday and agreed that the pub could re-open under a set of strict conditions after being reassured from its brewery Marston’s that it would give the staff its full support.
"This is a satisfactory conclusion to a difficult situation," said police licensing officer Jim Mooney.
"The removal of Mr Dimbylow from a position of responsibility was right for these premises and the adding of conditios to the licence for the premises will allow them to operate in an effective and professional manner to ensure their promotion of licensing objectives."
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