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Landlord of Holbeach's The Crown Hotel injured in 'hit and run'




A pub landlord was attacked after confronting a couple who had apparently left two young children on their own in a car.

John Budworth, of The Crown Hotel in Holbeach, said he was physically pushed out of the way by a woman and then run at with the car by the male driver.

It happened at around 9pm on Friday, February 21, after John tried to find the owners of a ‘bluish BMW’ which had been left in the pub’s car park in West End.

John Budworth (left) who was injured in The Crown Hotel’s car park, pictured with pub co-owner Martin Forward.
John Budworth (left) who was injured in The Crown Hotel’s car park, pictured with pub co-owner Martin Forward.

The car park is for patrons only and there is usually a £50 release fee for those not patrons.

John (33) went to shut the gate to the car park and then noticed there were two children in the car. One was a toddler in a car seat.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was disgusting that the children had been left with no adult. I could see the car was unlocked as the lock was sticking up.”

The Crown Hotel in Holbeach has undergone renovations since John and Martin took it over last autumn.
The Crown Hotel in Holbeach has undergone renovations since John and Martin took it over last autumn.

After searching for the owners of the car for at least 20 minutes John said: “A chap appeared from the flats opposite. He said he could see the car from the flats and I said to him ‘you should never leave children unattended.’"

The man was then joined by a woman and John said to them: “I will open the gate for you and I am reporting you to the police for leaving the children unattended.

“I opened the gate and the woman pushed me. I heard the engine of the car revving and the man drove at me with his headlights off and ran over my right foot.

“I jumped out the way and turned to avoid being crushed between the pub wall and the car and he hit the left side of my leg.”

Police are investigating the assault.
Police are investigating the assault.

The man and woman then drove off. John believes his toe may be broken and he has been left with swelling to his foot and redness to his leg.

The pub’s CCTV captured part of the incident and John contacted police but was frustrated that no officer came out to see him.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed they are investigating the assault.

A spokesperson said: “We aim to visit or speak to people as soon as we can but this is not always possible due to the demands of other more urgent incidents.

"We have spoken to the complainant and recorded a complaint of assault which is being investigated by a local officer.”

  • In January this year, the rendering to the pub was damaged after a car reversed into it.

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