Police probe alleged assault as pub is shut
8:18am Monday 17th September 2012 in News
A PUB was shut yesterday and cordoned off by police after an alleged assault.
The Starkie Arms pub in Tonge Moor Road was the centre of police activity from 10am into late afternoon.
The grounds at the back of the pub were sealed off and police vehicles were on the scene throughout the day.
Regulars who turned up found the pub closed and went to another nearby pub instead.
Customers said there had been no problems in the pub the night before and said they did not know what had happened.
One local resident said: “Everything was fine at the pub last night.
“Nobody seems to know what has happened — it must have happened after the pub shut.”
He added: “The police came to the pub at about 10am this morning. It looks serious but no one seems to know what has happened. It is a nice pub.”
Another regular said: “I hope it re-opens soon.”
Police confirmed they were called the pub yesterday morning after reports of an assault.
They said the incident was not as serious as first thought and said they were investigating an alleged minor domestic-related assault.
A police spokesman said: “We were called to the scene at 10am after reports of an assault.
Inquiries are ongoing.”
The Bolton News was unable to contact anyone at the pub. Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.