Pub forced to close amid barrage of targeted attacks from ‘barred thugs’

West Midlands Police are investigated after punters ‘barred’ from the George V pub in Sheldon, Birmingham, targeted the boozer by smashing windows and threatening the landlady

A pub has been forced to close after punters who had been barred from the boozer began ‘targeting’ it, police say.

West Midlands Police are hunting a group of masked thugs who repeatedly targeted a city pub in a campaign of violence after being barred.

Dramatic footage at the George V pub in Sheldon shows two balaclava-clad men hurling rocks at the venue in one of several attacks.

Within the first fortnight of the establishment reopening, windows were smashed, paint was hurled over the car park and the landlady was threatened, reports Birmingham Live.

The venue has now been forced to close temporarily and is being guarded by security personnel, after the incidents spanning September 3 to 13.

West Midlands Police stepped up patrols in the area as officers confirmed there had been a series of “targeted incidents from individuals barred from the pubs”.

A man was arrested in relation to the attacks, but was released on police bail while CCTV trawls and forensic analysis are carried out.

Anyone who has information is urged to get in touch with the force as soon as possible.

A statement from the force read: “Officers are investigating a number incidents involving criminal damage and threats being made to a landlady of a pub in Sheldon and a pub in Solihull over the past fortnight.

“We take all matters of threats, harassment and criminal damage very seriously, and have assured the landlady that we are doing all we can to find those responsible.

“A man has been arrested in relation to the attacks and has been released on bail while investigations continue. We are currently forensically examining evidence and CCTV enquiries are continuing.

“We have visited the landlady, who is understandably distressed by these targeted incidents from individuals she has barred from the pubs and we continue to support and keep her updated on our enquiries.

“The local neighbourhood team have also advised her on security, and patrols have been stepped up in the area.”

Star Pubs & Bars said it hoped the boozer could one day be restored as the ‘great community local’ it was in the past.

“We are doing everything we can to resolve this situation,” a spokesman said

“We have taken the decision to temporarily close The George V and have organised heightened security measures, which will remain in place throughout the pub’s closure.

“Looking to the future, we would like to re-establish The George V as the great community local that it was in the past.”