Gun-wielding pub landlord said 'I'll shoot you all' during inspection by brewery
A LANDLORD pulled out a gun and told people in his pub he would "shoot them all" during an inspection by the brewery.
Stuart Thacker was subjected to an inspection at the Angel Pub, in Butcher Row, Beverley, after his area manager became concerned about how it was being run.
He picked up an air rifle from behind the bar and told the brewery employees and shocked customers he would shoot if they touched his property.
Thacker, 49, was arrested by police and claimed he thought he was about to lose his livelihood.
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The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear, described it as "disgraceful and outrageous" conduct.
Prosecutor Michelle Stuart- Lofthouse told Hull Crown Court: "The area manager had seen some discrepancies.
"On their arrival the defendant became very agitated. He didn't want it to be done."
Thacker told the men: "You are not doing it. Over my dead body."
He became aggressive and pulled paperwork off the walls and grabbed the rifle from behind the bar.
While holding the air rifle, Thacker told the men, in front of his customers: "You touch anything and I will shoot you all."
When he was arrested, Thacker claimed he had picked up the rifle to take it upstairs.
When officers searched his home they found a fake driving licence in another man's name.
Thacker had applied for it after being disqualified last year for dangerous driving.
Thacker, of Wingfield Road, east Hull, pleaded guilty to affray and possessing a false identity document.
His barrister John Thackray said: "He was effectively about to be told his time was up as landlord of a pub he had put his life and soul in to.
"He worked long hours for very little profit or income and was about to lose it all."
Thacker was given a six- month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.
He was banned from driving for six months.
Judge Mettyear told him: "This was a disgraceful episode. You have previous convictions and were perhaps lucky to be in a position of being trusted as a landlord.
"It must have been frightening for people there. There were a number of customers besides these men.
"There was really no justification. You accept now that things were going wrong and you didn't want them to know how bad things were and you acted in this outrageous way.
"If there was any injury caused, or use of the weapon, a substantial custodial sentence would be inevitable."