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‘Fawlty Towers’ hotelier Shirley Bothroyd held after police…

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Hotelier Shirley Bothroyd was detained by police after an incident at her £1.5m Bay Hotel in Teignmouth on Wednesday night. According to witnesses she was seen hurling rocks, rubbish and glass from a window of the waterfront hotel.

Miss Bothroyd, who is 59 and a former barrister, had spent the day in front of Torbay magistrates, fixing a date for her trial on seven assault charges, all of which she denies.

Police were called early on Wednesday evening to the Bay hotel. They arrived at the scene off Powderham Terrace at 6.50pm with police response cars and vans.

A spokesman said: “A woman at the scene has thrown items from the window of the hotel including rocks, glass and other items into the street.

“She has now been detained by officers at the scene.”

There was no official confirmation that Miss Bothroyd had been the woman involved, but pictures taken at the scene appeared to show her confronting police.

Ms Bothroyd is well known for running the hotel dubbed Devon’s real-life Fawlty Towers and was due to stand trial in October charged with seven assaults and a number of other offences.

After an hour-long hearing to fix a trial date, Torbay magistrates remanded the former barrister on unconditional bail on Wednesday.

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Bothroyd, 59, denies all of the charges, and will appear at Newton Abbot magistrates’ court on October 2.

She is charged with one common assault; four assaults by beating; two assaults on police officers; one use of threatening behaviour and failing to answer bail or surrender to police. She denies all of the charges.

Her court appearance came on the same day she was served with a notice by Teignbridge District Council revoking her premises licence for the Bay Hotel.

‘Female Basil Fawlty’ to face trial on seven assault charges

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A woman well known for running a hotel dubbed South Devon’s real-life Fawlty Towers will stand trial in October charged with seven assaults and a number of other offences.

After an hour-long hearing to fix a trial date, Torbay magistrates remanded former barrister Shirley Bothroyd on unconditional bail. Bothroyd, 59, denies all of the charges, and will appear at Newton Abbot magistrates’ court on October 2.

She is charged with one common assault; four assaults by beating; two assaults on police officers; one use of threatening behaviour and failing to answer bail or surrender to police. She denies all of the charges.

Her court appearance came on the same day she was served with a notice by Teignbridge District Council revoking her premises licence for the Bay Hotel at Teignmouth.

In court she gave her address as ‘The Penthouse’ at the Bay Hotel.Police had applied to the council to have the licence revoked, claiming according to a report to its licensing sub-committee that there were concerns over whether the premises were a safe and suitable place to be supplying alcohol.

Police said the premises did not promote three of the licensing objectives, the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and/or protection of children from harm.

The call to revoke the licence was backed by Health and Safety and fire officers. Firefighters said they had been called to the hotel a number of times.

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At one stage the fire service received three calls in a week to the seafront hotel, one of which was a fire in which destroyed the penthouse bedroom.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police in relation of a fire there on July 11.

Councillor agreed to revoke the licence at their meeting on Monday.

The hotel’s ‘Fawlty Towers’ nickname came as a result of online reviews.

Emergency services want to close ‘the Fawlty Towers of Teignmouth…

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Emergency services say they are preparing a closure order for the troubled Bay Hotel – which has been called ‘the Fawlty Towers of Teignmouth’.

It comes after a string of incidents since July 11 when police officers, fire crews and paramedics have attended the Bay Hotel for various events including a fire, concerns for the welfare of a resident and a false alarm. There have been reports of staff walking out and online visitors have been posting eye-opening reviews about the hotel.

The hotel is owned by former barrister Shirley Bothroyd who 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 has also had its drinks license suspended, and it is reported that there are currently no guests staying at the hotel.

In the latest incident a shower was left running and three ceilings collapsed.

No one was hurt but the emergency services have now 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.

Recent Trip Advisor reviews reveal the confusion experienced by visitors who had booked to stay in the hotel while emergency services were attending.

One reviewer wrote: “Booked two nights stay. Called on the morning to confirm booking which they confirmed. Hour later whilst we were driving down, they called to say that unfortunately, they had to cancel but would not say why.

“On arrival in Teignmouth I went into reception and he said they had problems with the fire alarm. We subsequently found out that there had been five fire alarms over a couple of days and staff had walked out over conditions.

“On our second night, there was a fire on the top floor and three fire engines arrived to deal with the situation. Smoke was pouring out of the so called penthouse. I do not know if anyone was injured, but the next day the news was that it was suspicious.”

Another Trip Advisor reviewer wrote about how he enjoyed the eccentricity of his experience at The Bay Hotel.

He wrote: “It’s not a place for faint hearted or overly sensitive types because it is a uniquely eccentric experience.

“Hats off to Lenny, Alan and Colin who keep the place on an even keel despite numerous occurrences that could blow the whole place off course. Shirley, the owner, is a lovely lady – most things written elsewhere have a degree of truth – she is a considerable character with a great deal of intelligence and wit – particularly when taken at face value and ‘head on’.

“So five stars Bay Hotel – thank you to all the characters we met there – owner, management, staff and the various friends and relations we met in the bar – you made the weekend and I wouldn’t have missed this for anything!”

A blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of Bay Hotel on July 11, in which Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said that the contents of the penthouse bedroom had been severely damaged by fire and the rest of the penthouse had been severely damaged by smoke by the fire that began just before 1pm. An arson detection dog from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was requested to assist with the fire investigation.

Two people – a 58-year-old woman from Teignmouth and a 44-year-old man from Teignmouth – had been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police.

Crews were called back again on July 13 at 12.10pm to the hotel after the fire alarm sounded. But a fire service spokesman said that the call out was a false alarm as someone had hit the fire alarm accidentally.

Emergency services were called to the Bay Hotel on July 16 at around 1pm following concerns for the welfare of a resident. The woman in question was later taken to hospital for treatment of a minor hand wound and was left in the hands of the mental health professionals.

A Teignbridge Council spokesman said: “We are supporting and working closely with various agencies, including the fire and police service. Several options are being looked into, including a closure order, to deliver an appropriate resolution to the ongoing problems at Teignmouth’s Bay Hotel.”

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.

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