Sorry I have been so long in replying but the council have rung and are removing all their clients so it looks like we will be going out of business. I have also listened to the cassette from Larry's interview yesterday he is told on the tape that he is not under arrest and that the claim is Racial Agravated Harassment. He is alledged to have said that Johns appearance would frighten old ladies because he is black that he was not happy that he was here as he dont serve blacks at the hotel This was a conversation outside the front doors of the hotel at 12 oclock at night my husband had gone out to lock up and John was out there smoking with his partner and had one of his children in a buggy larry said if he put the buggy on the first step baby would be warmer and they could see them. They were then just talking and John said that he noticed women pulled their bags closed to them when they see him, Larry said he could understand that as old people could be afraid by his appearance, John said what cause I am black and Larry said there is that but his dreadlocks and general appearance could put people off. His brother in law stated that larry had said in the bar that John came off a Banana Boat and did not fit in. His partner said that larry said he has a friend in america who is black and he would not serve him in the bar as he doesnt like blacks. His statement also states that John said he went to the council and said he wanted to move from here as he felt threatened, he was told by the council that unless the police felt there was a problem they would not move him he then went to the police, his partner also stated that larry made them feel threatened accused him of being a thief. Oviously Larry refutes all this but this does not stop the council clearing our rooms and moving everyone away, once this is sorted can we do anything legally to stop John from doing this to someone else. I have rang the police to come and take statements from all the residents here before they move away and it makes it a problem.
FOR JOMO1972 Well thats part of it but where do we stand legally with this accusation, it is almost certain that we will go out of business because of these unfounded accusations, I rang the police immediatly after the council rang to tell me that all their clients were leaving and they sent 4 officers to take statements before the witnesses left. The police were also going up to the council to ask why they had taken this action as Larry has not be arrested or charged, I also have a meeting with the council tomorrow at 3.00 I want to take this guy through the courts for lying about something that is so serious. Where do we stand in this and what are we expected to do next. The police took 8 statements from people here do we just have to wait and how long could it take.
Could we take the guy to court for say deffamation of character, or libel, we do not feel that he should be allowed to do this, what are our chances of prosecuting him. I appreciate we do not have any recourse with the council because we do not have a contract with them, I have a meeting this afternoon but do not expect any luck with them placing their clients back with us even though the Sargent went up to see them when he had finished taking statements. He was livid as he explained, Larry had not been charged,or cautioned, he went voluntary, and they only wanted a statement from him to see if there was a case to answer, the sargent said its supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.