The police have apologised to the landlord of a pub for "misleading" the council following calls for its licence to be revoked.'Misleading'? I think we know a stronger, and far more accurate word than that, don't we, LC?
The future of the Dog and Duck on Mutley Plain was thrown into doubt at the end of last year after a damning police report claimed there had been a rise in crime linked to the pub.
In the meeting itself Supt Tamasine Matthews, on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police, said one incident - a man brandishing a hammer - happened "outside" the pub.
But landlord Andy Kelland, who has owned the pub for over 14 years, has always disputed this, claiming the incident happened much further up Mutley Plain.We've been here before, of course. The police want to ensure they have a quiet life, civil liberties be damned. So they will, given half a chance, do all they can to ensure that.
But it's not usually the case that they lie, though it does seem to be occurring more and more.
After officially lodging a complaint with the Complaints Appeal Unit, Supt Matthews has now admitted the phrasing should have been 'nearby' or 'close to' the pub.We'll skip over the glaringly obvious injustice of anyone being held to account for what happens outside - rather than inside - their establishment. Even the landlord admits it's not the Ritz:
Mr Kelland, 64, who lives in Mannamead, says he is now disputing other claims about crimes linked to the pub, which he argues never should have been used as evidence at the licensing committee meeting in September.
"We're not a pristine establishment," he admitted.
"We do have incidents here, however we are a working man's boozer and probably not the place where you would bring your 90-year-old granny to have a cup of tea.
"But it is very disappointing this has happened because it has cost me a huge amount of money to defend this and I have had quite strict conditions placed on my licence."Process, punishment. One might suggest that perhaps the lying officer might expect to see some of that herself...
The letter from Supt Matthews itself, sent to Mr Kelland on January 8 and received on January 11, says: 'I am writing to apologise to you on behalf of myself, Mr Seymour [a licencing officer] and the organisation for the inaccurate information presented to the Plymouth City Council licensing sub committee concerning the location of a violent incident within the application for a review of the licence of the licence of the Dog and Duck public house.
'I hope you will accept this written apology as finalisation of this matter.'Translation: "Please don't sue!"