JD Wetherspoon pub customers criticised

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JD Wetherspoon has pledged to take action after a school complained drinkers at one of its bars were intimidating pupils and parents.The series of...

JD Wetherspoon has pledged to take action after a school complained drinkers at one of its bars were intimidating pupils and parents.

The series of alleged incidents took place at the Arnold Machin pub in Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme, which is next to St. Giles' and St George's Primary school.

Families claim they suffered a barrage of abuse and swearing from drinkers after the pub opened up a beer terrace partly overlooking the playground.

Headmistress Lynne Evans met with John Hutson, Wetherspoon's managing director, after the school demanded the beer terrace to be closed during school-time.

Wetherspoon is planning to keep the terrace open, but will take action to screen the playground with extra planting and fencing.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We take issues affecting our pubs very seriously. Here it was a matter of working with the school and the Parent Teacher Association, taking on board their concerns and I think we have come up with a solution everyone is happy with."

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