Pub landlord tells village to 'f*** off' after police visit for 'Covid breach'

A furious pub landlord has posted a sign on his parish hall notice board telling villagers to ‘f*** off’ after someone called the police to accuse him of breaking Covid rules.

Keith Waterhouse, who owns the Badger’s Holt along the A396 in Bridgetown, says he was visited by officers after his daughter, who is in his support bubble, stopped by.

He doesn’t know ‘which bozo’ reported him but says they’re ‘way below his grade’ and he ‘doesn’t need’ the hassle after sticking to the rules.

The businessman’s note read: ‘Dear village, whoever the nasty, vindictive b****** is that reports me to the police for a completely incorrect breach of Covid rules, have the ******** to talk to me first and find out the truth. And secondly, oh just **** off.’ Keith at the pub.’

Mr Waterhouse says officers first got in contact in August when his daughter – who is a single parent – visited. Officers later ‘came all the way from Minehead’ to visit the pub.

Police have confirmed the family has broken no rules, with people permitted to form a support bubble with one other household if they are a single adult living with one or more children under the age of 18.

The landlord, who has run the pub with his wife for 15 years, admits his note is ‘quite aggressive’, but says he doesn’t care.

He said: ‘I don’t bother holding back or that sort of stuff. I’m big enough to take this, I’ve been around a long time and I’m not going to put up with that.

‘I have been through a lot of stuff in my life; these lot of bozos doing this are way below my grade as far as I’m concerned.’

He has revealed his daughter has since moved in with him, saying: ‘I’ve spoken to them [police] quite happily, telling them she’s allowed to be here, she’s now living here.’

Mr Waterhouse says his main gripe is that the person who reported him didn’t ask him about the family’s living arrangements first.

He said: ‘I’ve not done anything to anybody, so I don’t know why they’re like that and why they have to make an attitude and do something like this.

‘They should have asked what the situation is first; I’m here all the time, I’m happy to tell people what the situation is. But instead, someone has got in touch with the police; I don’t need this.’

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed officers attended Mr Waterhouse’s home and that no offences were recorded.

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