A LANDLORD who vowed to clean up a trouble-torn pub has vowed it will be business as usual after he was assaulted.
Alan Brownridge, 40, has been running the Golden Cross in Oswaldtwistle for just over four months after taking it over with his business partner Lee Gregson.
In the past, the pub has had problems with under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour and the two men said they would clean it up by barring troublemakers.
Police said that on Sunday five people entered the pub at 7.30pm. During the scenes that followed Alan was assaulted with a chair and £800 worth of damage caused.
Alan said: “I have got a few cuts and bruises but I am all right. It’s just part and parcel of the job.”
A police spokesman said: “The incident appears to have been as a result of the landlord trying to improve the premises.
“This was a particularly nasty incident which could have resulted in much more serious consequences.”
Since then, Kevin McGuigan, 26, of Hornby Street, Oswaldtwistle, has been charged with assault and William Crossland, 31, of Spring Hill Road, Accrington, has been charged with criminal damage. Both are set to appear before Hyndburn magistrates today.
A man aged 27 and a woman aged 23, both from Oswald-twistle, who have not been named by police, have been given a fixed penalty notice for using threatening words and behaviour.
A fourth man, aged 44, from Oswaldtwistle, is currently on bail pending further investigations.