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The Bell Hotel in Clare announces sudden closure following axe attack earlier this year

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The Bell Hotel in Clare, close to Sudbury, has announced its sudden closure after a police incident took place in the pub earlier this year.

The pub, which served food and drink from its Market Hill location, made headlines in March after an axe attack left a man with serious head injuries.

David Perry, 39 of St Margarets Place in Stradishall, has since been charged with the attack and court proceedings are ongoing. A trial date has been set for January 9, 2023.

The Bell Inn, Clare, have issued this statement.
The Bell Inn, Clare, have issued this statement.

A notice pinned in the window of the premises states that the pub has now been closed for the foreseeable future following this incident.

The owner wrote: "We are sorry for any inconvenience but since the unfortunate incident on March 19th this year trade has fallen to such a low we cannot substantiate staying open."

They thanked their loyal customers and apologised for the closure, but added there is 'no prospect' of the pub reopening 'anytime soon'.