Bid to revoke pub licence after Mansfield death fails

William IV pub
Image caption James Sheppard was attacked nearby

An appeal to revoke a pub's licence, after a group of 15-year-olds were served and later attacked and killed a man nearby, has been dismissed.

The youths were served at the William IV in Sutton Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, prior to the attack on James Sheppard, 54, last July.

The district council suspended its licence for eight weeks but police had called for licence to be revoked.

Mansfield magistrates upheld the council's original decision.

Fatal attack

The council had also suspended licences for the Bold Forester pub and Leeming Lane Stores in Mansfield for six and eight weeks respectively in June.

It issued the suspensions after the store sold alcohol to one of the boys earlier in the day of the fatal attack, and the two pubs served the group on the same night.

The authority said the sale of alcohol "did not contribute to the fatal attack as it was not a reasonably foreseeable consequence" but it did have "some impact on the boys' behaviour".

Mr Sheppard was attacked on a bench outside the town's community hospital.

A boy, now 16, was detained for three-and-a-half years at Nottingham Crown Court in July after admitting manslaughter.

Two other 16-year-olds admitted actual bodily harm and were given one-year supervision orders at a hearing in March.

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