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Owner of troubled Teignmouth hotel denies to assault charges

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.

Emergency services visit Teignmouth seafront hotel for third time…

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Police officers and ambulance crews attended a Teignmouth seafront hotel for the third time in a week on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the Bay Hotel on Sunday 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.

This follows a blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of Bay Hotel on Tuesday afternoon, 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.

At 4.26pm on Tuesday 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.

A police spokesman told Devon Live on Friday morning that the pair had been released from police custody, pending further investigation.

They added: “This appears to be an isolated incident and a joint investigation by police and our partner agencies.

“We are appealing for witnesses to the incident and if anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious then contact us on 101 or email 101@dc-police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/056819/17.

Crews were called back again on Thursday lunchtime 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.

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Investigations continue into Teignmouth seafront hotel fire

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a fire at a Teignmouth seafront hotel. Police and fire crews were called to the blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of Bay Hotel on Tuesday afternoon and 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.

At 4.26pm on Tuesday 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.

A police spokesman told Devon Live on Friday morning that the pair had been released from police custody, pending further investigation.


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They added: “This appears to be an isolated incident and a joint investigation by police and our partner agencies.

“We are appealing for witnesses to the incident and if anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious then contact us on 101 or email 101@dc-police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/056819/17.

Crews were called back again on Thursday lunchtime 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.


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Woman, 58, arrested on suspicion of arson at Teignmouth hotel

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A 58-year-old woman has been arrested after a fire at a hotel on Teignmouth seafront on Tuesday.

The woman remains in police custody in Torquay and police enquiries are under way into the suspected arson at the Bay Hotel in Powderham Terrace.

Fire crews and police were called to the blaze in a bedroom on the top floor of the hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

Watch manager Ian Radford of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 12.43pm we attended a report of a fire at the Bay Hotel. On arrival there was smoke issuing from the third floor window. We requested further resources to attend the scene. We committed two breathing apparatus wearers and a hose reel jet to the third floor of the building to extinguish the fire. There were four appliances in total: two from Teignmouth, one from Newton Abbot and one from Torquay.”

He said a fire investigation unit was working to establish the cause of the fire and he could not confirm whether or not anybody had been injured in the incident.

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.

At 4.26pm on Tuesday an arson detection dog from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was requested to assist with the fire investigation.


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