Skip to comments.Landlady cleared for throwing out two lesbian PCs 'kissing' in pub
Posted on 02/17/2007 3:10:11 PM PST by Lorianne
A landlady who swore at two lesbian police officers fondling in her public house - The Old Cock - has been cleared of a public order offence.
Nikki Hackett was accused of banging her fists on a table and telling the pair: "We don't want that ****ing thing or your sort in here."
Uncomfortable onlookers saw the pair passionately kissing each other during a night out in the traditional pub, prompting swift action from Mrs Hackett.
Magistrates' heard WPCs Nicola Stewart and Lisa Curchin, who claimed to be merely holding hands, had also provoked complaints from customers about their behaviour on 1 April last year.
Giving evidence during a trial at St Albans Magistrates' Court, assistant manager Rhian Roderick, said: "One of the ladies had her hand up the inner thigh of the other's short trousers.
"They were kissing passionately on the lips."
She said she alerted Mrs Hackett after seeing the pair, who were sitting at a table with PC Stewart's sister and her boyfriend, kissing for more than five seconds, three or four times.
Mrs Hackett admitted swearing at them when she asked them to stop, but denied banging her fists on the table or "using words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress".
Magistrates heard that after she had spoken to the pair one had sworn back and threatened to head-butt her before storming out.
Character witnesses speaking up for Mrs Hackett included Harpenden Deputy Mayor Michael Weaver, former police officer Peter Barrett and rival landlady Vivienne Artz.
They said that in her 12 years at the pub in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, she had transformed it from a place with a reputation for under-age drinking, drugs and trouble to a respectable establishment which helped community events.
Sean Minihan, defending, said: "Do you really think a woman with this experience in the licensing trade, dealing with a difficult pub and turning it around, would be bothered with two ladies holding pinky fingers? It beggars belief."
He said his client was entitled to ask people in her pub not to behave in a way that made other customers uncomfortable.
Presiding magistrate Penny Williams, said: "We don't believe the prosecution witnesses' versions of events.
"They were in drink, and there were significant differences."
Speaking after the hearing a relieved Mrs Hackett, who had faced the possible loss of her licence and livelihood, said: "It has been very, very traumatic for me.
"I have nothing against gay people - some of my friends are gay - but I can't have my customers being made to feel uncomfortable by public displays of passion whether it be from gay or hetrosexual couples."
PC Stewart works for Hertfordshire Constabulary in the west of the county. Her partner, who became a police officer after the incident, works in Bedfordshire.
two lesbian police officers fondling in her public house - " THE OLD COCK " ...hehehe...
The jokes are going to write themselves!
"The Old Cock"
Sheesh, the womyn constables should have known they weren't welcome there.
FR should have a "Trash" category for articles like this.
Coming soon to America, unless folks start to wake up before it's too late and businesses suffer because customers quit patronizing them.
How are we supposed to determine guilt without pictures?
Am I correct that this occurred at an establishment called "The Old Cock"? How ironic is that?
The editor could have had a field day with the headline.
OK admit it,you hate gays.
Hear, hear! Justice must be served!
Sorry its already here in full force and effect. Have you been to a nightclub recently? I was shocked to see that the majority of dancers at a suburban club were woman dirty dancing with themselves and kissing in public. Things sure changed.......snuck right in.
Don't really care for them, I know no gays and wish to keep it that way. My point though is one of a citizen being ordered to run his/her business as the gov't sees fit and I find that a threat to our way of life.
One of them has since shaved her head.
If the owner(s) allow it then fine. I do not have to patronize the place. The Mrs. Hacketts of the world have every right to run their businesses as they see fit.
Things are indeed changing, but I also see a lot of goodness out there too.
(This re-enactment is for entertainment purposes only...no wagering, please.)
That is one excellent looking ... er ... chicken.
The Old Cock?
Well, this one still goes cockle-doodle-doo on inspired occassion if not demand.
"""Nikki Hackett was accused of banging her fists on a table and telling the pair: "We don't want that ****ing thing or your sort in here.""""
Thats illegal there?
I see nothing violent. At worst, the very worst it MIGHT be considered rude...but then again, the Lesbians behavior is considered rude as well by most normal people.
Since when is it illegal for someone to bang their own fists, on their own property and ask unwanted perverts to leave their place.
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