The owner of a troubled Teignmouth hotel who has been branded a ‘female Basil Fawlty’ is due in court today charged with assaulting five people and a police officer.
Former barrister Shirley Bothroyd, 59, who owns the Bay Hotel, pleaded not guilty to seven charges when she appeared in at Torquay Magistrates’ Court on July 28.
She was charged with five counts of assault, one count of assaulting a police officer and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. The offences occurred in June 2017.
She also denied failing without reasonable cause to surrender to custody at Torquay Magistrates’ Court having been released on bail in criminal proceedings on July 12 at Torquay Magistrates’ Court.The case was adjourned and Bothroyd, who was granted conditional bail by magistrates, is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on August 9.
Bothroyd, of the Bay Hotel, bought the prominent seafront building in 2013 for £1.5million and hit national papers after a series of online reviewers branded her a ‘female Basil Fawlty’.
The Bay Hotel was built in 1869 for the Earl of Devon. The accommodation offers 18 bedrooms including a Penthouse apartment and a four-poster suite, three family rooms, six double rooms, five twin rooms and two single rooms.
But the hotel has been troubled recently and the emergency services have prepared a dossier to present to Teignbridge Council to seek a closure order under anti-social behaviour legislation.
If the emergency services are successful in presenting their case for a closure order to the local authority, the hotel would be boarded up and the electricity supply to the hotel would be disconnected. No one would be allowed to enter the hotel.
The closure order follows three calls in the space of a week at the hotel – one of which was a fire in which destroyed the penthouse bedroom.
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police in relation of the fire on July 11. Police have confirmed that as no August 8, no charges have yet been brought against the pair.