A group of us were out last night, leafleting and getting a petition signed. Afterwards we went back to the Cock Inn for a drink only to hear that there had been a murder at another local pub the Bugle Horn. Rumour has it that trouble started inside, spilled out into the road and someone was stabbed to death.
This is an estate pub that never enjoyed a good reputation. It had been closed for some time, much to the delight of local residents. Suddenly it reopened, apparently once a premises license is granted it carries on, even if the pub closes the owners can reopen with different management without reference to the Licensing Committee.
So we have another needless and pointless death with the police committed to a costly investigation. Keith was once told by a member of the West Midlands Police Authority that a murder inquiry usually cost about £1m a time. Coupled to this is the result of a successful investigation, another young man locked up at the taxpayers expense, and for what?