Manager of homophobic pub suspended

Police have confirmed they are investigating a pub that allegedly refused to serve a gay group in a row over their sexuality.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “An allegation that a homophobic incident took place was reported.”

The Met spokesman said they would be able to say more about the investigation later.

The Labour Party’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Rights group was in the Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster, central London, when the row occurred.

Owner Punch Taverns has suspended a staff member pending its investigation.

The pub chain apologised and hung a rainbow flag in the pub window.

James Asser, a member of the group, said: “Everyone involved was shocked and outraged. This attitude is totally unacceptable in this day and age.

“What century are we living in here?

“When you encounter prejudice you have to stand up and be counted – at the very least we expect an apology.

“We also want a demonstration that the pub chain takes this very seriously and will make sure it never happens again.”

A Punch Taverns spokesman accepted that the customers were denied service and said the pub firm was investigating “on what grounds this took place”.

He added: “Punch Taverns seeks to provide welcoming venues to everyone.

“We are shocked and saddened that a group of our guests did not experience this and would like to apologise.

“We would however like to stress that this is an isolated incident and is not representative of our commitment to diversity.”


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