Landlord faces assault trial

PUBLISHED: 17:21 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 25 August 2010

A PUB landlord s licence is under threat as he faces trial for common assault.

A PUB landlord's licence is under threat as he faces trial for common assault.

The police asked Bexley council to remove Peter Lucia-Hennis the designated premises supervisor of the Charlotte pub in Station Road, Crayford, from the licence last Monday.

The husband of Conservative councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, who pleaded not guilty, is now on conditional bail after being charged with common assault on August 28, after two 17-year-old boys got beaten in an incident in June.

Bexley Police claim Mr Lucia-Hennis assaulted one of the teenagers after they apparently threw stones at the pub window on the evening of June .

Police say Mr Lucia-Hennis 'appeared to be under the influence of alcohol' and claim the incident happened in full view of residents and traders.

In the letter Chief Inspector Murrant said: "At no time during this incident did Mr Lucia-Hennis or any staff from The Charlotte ring the police to inform them of this incident and request assistance to arrest the perpetrators.

"This incident happened in broad daylight, in a busy commercial street, it could possibly have lead to an increase in the already high local tensions in the area."

Fearing repercussions, the police asked the landlord to close the pub for the rest of the evening, which they say he did voluntarily.

Mrs Lucia-Hennis said: "We have taken a pub and run it to the letter. Four of my children have a licence, along with three of my staff and my husband. We have had hundreds of people coming up to us, writing to us and emailing us, stopping us in the street, saying we have done a good job with the pub.

"We have done so much for the community and the people of Crayford know that. We would never jeopardise that."

Mr Lucia-Hennis' trial begins on November 4, at Bexley Magistrate's Court.

Representations for or against the application can be sent to the Licensing Team, Bexley Council, 2A Hadlow Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 4AF.

The deadline for representations is October 6 after which a review will be scheduled.

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