The Charles Henry Roe in Cross Gates opened to a huge fanfare last year, with customers desperate to get into their new local.
Its opening was delayed massively due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the JD Wetherspoon pub is now a firm favourite with people in the area.
Although the majority of customers are there to relax with a cheap pint in hand, there have been a number of incidents at the pub where police have been called – including allegations of staff being attacked.
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Chaotic scenes have also been reported outside and on one occasion, cars were seen allegedly speeding at pedestrians and trying to run them over.
We’ve taken a look at all 22 alleged crimes recorded by West Yorkshire Police where the pub was mentioned in emergency calls. Some of the calls to the force’s HQ were even placed before the Charles Henry Roe opened.
Scroll down to see all the major incidents at the Charles Henry Roe
In response to the 22 incidents, JD Wetherspoon spokesperson Eddie Gershon said: “It is not possible for us to comment on the incidents individually given that much of the detail has been redacted in the Freedom of Information Act response.
“It does appear that a significant number refer to the pub as a landmark for incidents that took place in the vicinity of the pub, but were not connected to it. Some incidents are also before the pub opened. Since opening in July 2020, no concerns have been raised as to the general management of the pub by West Yorkshire Police with whom the pub has a good relationship.
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“Like all Wetherspoons pubs, there are a wide range of policies and procedures in place to ensure that The Charles Henry Roe promotes the prevention of crime and disorder licensing objective and that it is a safe and welcoming environment for our customers and staff.
“We note that three reports relate to possible concerns about of Covid-19 infringements at the pub. We have received no complaints from the enforcement authorities with regard to the COVID-19 measures in force at the pub.”
Click to open the timeline below for all the incidents at the pub over the past two years.
Crimes reported at the Charles Henry Roe
- October 2019 – kids play on building site
Long before the pub actually opened, people living nearby reported incidents of children breaking onto the building site.
This is alleged to have happened on two separate occasions in October 2019.
One caller told police that two boys scrambled over the barriers in the school uniform, while another eyewitness saw two more children climbing on the roof of the pub, which was still being built at the time.
“This is becoming an issue,” said the police log following the second report.
- July 2020 – alleged Covid breach
Soon after the pub’s opening, a member of the public called West Yorkshire Police as they believed coronavirus regulations were being broken.
They claimed the chain was “not adhering to Covid-19 regulations” and similar incidents were happening “every day”.
However, when police called at the pub they were satisfied that “all Covid protections were in place”, including social distancing measures, hand sanitiser stations and temperature-checking all members of staff before starting their shifts.
- August 2020 – 7 incidents logged with police
August 2020 was by far the most chaotic month at the pub, with seven separate calls put in to police over the course of four-and-a-half weeks.
The police log lists another alleged Covid breach and a report of a “drunk aggressive male refusing to leave”.
In another incident, a customer claimed he was “assaulted and injured” while having a meal.
One man also called West Yorkshire Police to complain after he was asked to leave the pub.
“[The] caller believes he has been asked to leave the pub,” said a police report.
“He was approached and asked to leave after returning his food and [trying to] get his money back. Caller believes staff did not like this.”
- September 2020 – cars attempt to run people over
Staff at the Charles Henry Roe were forced to call police in September 2020 after a fight erupted outside the pub.
Two cars were said to be “speeding and attempting to hit people” outside the venue, where a group of at least six men were gathered.
- October 2020 – 4 more incidents
It was another busy month in October 2020, with four more calls put in to police.
One disgruntled customer rang the force to complain that “a full of groups of adults who do not live together” were allegedly in breach of Covid-19 regulations by celebrating a 40th birthday party together.
Someone else also reported that a “very intoxicated” man left the pub and drove off in his car.
- May 2021 – staff attacked in violent assault
The most recent incidents at the Charles Henry Roe were both logged in May this year.
Firstly, a member of staff called police after three men refused to leave the pub.
“The pub has now shut and these people will not leave,” they told officers.
“They are under the influence of alcohol – potentially under the influence of more.”
The second incident saw the caller ask for “urgent assistance” after several people allegedly became involved in a brawl, with staff targeted.
“There was an assault,” said the police report.
“That suspect left, but now there are other people still shouting and being aggressive. Lots trying to attack staff.”