Tan Hill Inn staff praised by police for handling gunman violence
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Tan Hill Inn staff praised by police for handling gunman violence

Richard Bowser, 46, had a handgun and injured another pubgoer at Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub. Teesside Crown Court heard that he fired his pistol four times through the door of a bunkhouse, hitting Lee Jackson. A bullet lodged in Mr Jackson’s arm and two others grazed his body.

Bowser, of Worcester Place, Bishop Auckland, is awaiting sentence after being convicted of wounding Mr Jackson with intent and two charges of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The jury acquitted him on two charges of attempted murder which he had denied. He had pleaded guilty to three charges of assault and two of possessing a prohibited weapon before the trial.

Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The actions of Bowser that night were absolutely abhorrent and are likely to have a lasting effect on the victim and those who witnessed this horrendous ordeal.”

Bowser will be sentenced next week and is remanded in custody. Police said Bowser arrived at the pub at 4.30pm on July 21 and booked into a camping pod with a family member. At 10.15pm, two hours after he first entered the bar, his card was declined as he tried to pay for a drink and he started swearing and talking loudly. He was asked to leave the bar, but was violent to staff and customers.

The jury heard that Bowser got the pistol from the camping pod before the incident with Mr Jackson.