Warkworth pub in spotlight over racism claims

A PUB in a Northumberland village is being monitored by police after a second complaint against its landlord.

A PUB in a Northumberland village is being monitored by police after a second complaint against its landlord.

Publican Peter Mailer, 52, claims that officers perform daily checks on items he displays on the walls of the Black Bull Hotel in Warkworth, Northumberland, after two police swoops in the space of two months.

Mr Mailer has been arrested twice but so far no charges have been brought against him.

In December he was arrested on suspicion of committing a racially-aggravated public order offence.

It followed a formal complaint about newspaper clippings, political cartoons and other items displayed in his pub which were seized by officers.

Police acted on the complaint received from a senior policeman from the Nottinghamshire force, who was on holiday in the area, alleging that the materials on display constituted a race-hate offence under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

In February police swooped again after an anonymous complaint of a similar nature over material on public display in his bar. Again items were seized.

Mr Mailer, a supprter of the British National Party who intends to stand as its Euro-candidate in the next elections, has now been bailed on both allegations for two months while a decision is made on whether he will be charged.

He said: “What stresses me is that the police are now making a daily inspection of the pub. They come and read the walls every day.

“I am not a racist. How the hell can I be a racist. I live with a Jock. I employ a Manc behind the bar.”

“I have a new business in Harrogate with a Muslim manager and two black bar staff. I don’t care what creed or religion anybody is.”

Mr Mailer has been bailed until May 9 pending further inquiries.

 

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