Man and woman are assaulted by group at demolished remains of Britain’s wonkiest pub before they both fled in a car and collided with a pedestrian
- Police said the assault victims got into a car to leave at 8.30pm on Saturday
- They were obstructed and then involved in a collision with a female pedestrian
A man and a woman have been assaulted by a group at the demolished remains of Britain’s wonkiest pub before they both fled in a car and collided with a pedestrian.
Staffordshire Police said the assault victims got into a car to leave the area around the burnt down The Crooked House pub at about 8.30pm on Saturday, September 9, but were obstructed and were then involved in a collision with a female pedestrian.
The woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been discharged.
The car reportedly left the scene but the man and woman inside later contacted Staffordshire Police to report the incident, according to BirminghamLive.
The force said in a statement issued today: ‘We understand that a man and a woman were assaulted by a group of people while in the area.
The Crooked House pub, an 18th century drinking hole formerly known as Britain’s wonkiest
The burnt out remains of The Crooked House pub near Dudley, Monday August 7, 2023
‘Fortunately, the pedestrian, a woman, was not seriously injured.’
How Staffordshire venue The Crooked House sunk 4ft into ground due to mine subsidence
The Crooked House pub, pictured in 1907
The Crooked House in Himley, Staffordshire, attracted tourists from across the world and was a popular wedding venue.
Prior to its destruction, the venue was described as Britain’s wonkiest pub, 4ft lower on one side than the other.
It was first built as a farmhouse in 1765, but sank into the ground due to mining works carried out in the 1800s.
It was converted into a pub in around 1830 and was first known as The Siden House – ‘siden’ being Black Country dialect for ‘crooked’.
It was later renamed the Glynne Arms after Sir Stephen Glynne, a brother-in-law of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, who owned the land.
The Glynne Arms name remained above the door until the 1970s -when its nickname the ‘Crooked House’ was adopted as the formal moniker.
This event was unconnected to the main Save The Crooked House (Let’s Get It Re-built) Facebook campaign.
Campaign co-ordinator Paul Turner said the administrators of the Facebook group, which has attracted more than 28,000 members, had advised people to stay away from the site before Saturday’s incident.
‘We don’t want people guarding the site,’ he said. ‘There is no benefit in it and no reason for it.’
Saturday’s disorder came two days after Staffordshire Police confirmed that it had arrested and bailed a third suspect, a 51-year-old man from Buckingham, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson.
Officers had previously arrested and bailed two other men, aged 66 and 33, in connection with the fire, which broke out on August 5.
Staffordshire Police stated: ‘We have arrested a third man as our investigation into the fire at the Crooked House pub continues.
‘Officers have been trawling through CCTV footage and speaking to those who have come forward with information since the fire on 5 August.
‘We can now confirm that a 51-year-old man, from Buckingham, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson with intent or being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
‘He has since been released on conditional police bail while we continue to carry out a number of lines of enquiry.
‘We would like to thank everyone who has already come forward with important information about this investigation and those who are continuing to engage positively with officers.
‘We understand that speculation is still widespread, both locally and online. We’d like to reiterate that we are working hard to get through an extensive list of enquiries at this time.
‘The 66-year-old man and the 33-year-old man, who were previously arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, remain on conditional police bail at this time.’
The much-loved former farmhouse has been the focus of a community effort to rebuild it since it was bulldozed after the devastating fire.
The much-loved former farmhouse has been the focus of a community effort to rebuild it since it was bulldozed after the devastating fire
The pub was left completely ablaze in the fire, which authorities have since said is a suspected arson
Days after the incident, owners Adam Taylor, 44, and his wife Carly, 34, arranged for the pub to be demolished. South Staffordshire Council have since agreed that The Crooked House’s owners, Adam Taylor and his wife Carly, can rip down the first floor of the boozer on safety grounds
Campaigners have pledged to rebuild the pub ‘brick by brick’ if necessary
Days after the incident, owners Adam Taylor, 44, and his wife Carly, 34, arranged for the pub to be demolished.
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South Staffordshire Council have since agreed that The Crooked House’s owners, Adam Taylor and his wife Carly, can rip down the first floor of the boozer on safety grounds.
Last month, Historic England has said it is ‘considering all possible avenues’ to rebuild Britain’s wonkiest pub after it went up in flames on August 5.
The body said it has already received 38 applications for the pub in Himley, Staffordshire, but no final decision has yet been made.
Since the fire, it emerged that The Crooked House had been put forward for listed status protection just days before it burned down.
Historic England had already received a submission from experts just a week before the inferno, requesting that the pub be given protection as a listed building.
The blaze came just two weeks after the 18th century boozer was sold by brewer Marston’s to a private buyer.
Staffordshire Police are treating the blaze as ‘suspicious’ following reports that individuals were seen inside the pub in the hours before it went up in flames.
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