Dogged by debt

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THE former licensees of the Dog Inn left a trail of debt behind when they quit Longridge.

As reported last week, the pub closed amid confusion when the licensees, Andrew Miller and Tony Herring, suddenly left the premises.

And it emerged this week that Mr Miller and Mr Herring owe thousands of pounds to suppliers and the owners of the Dog Inn.

It is understood that the total amount owed could be in excess of 50,000.

Enterprise Inns, the owners of the Dog Inn, confirmed that the couple left owing them a substantial sum of money.

No additional statement was made by Enterprise this week, but they reiterated last week's comment that they were now actively looking for a new licensee and hoped to re-open the pub as soon as possible.

The revelations about the financial problems at the pub came to light after local traders who supplied the Dog Inn contacted The News to express their anger at the situation.

Despite confirmation of substantial losses by Inglewhite Road butcher and meat supplier to the Inn, Martin Carefoot, and other businesses whose owners did not wish to comment publicly, Longridge police say no formal complaint has yet been made against Mr Miller and Mr Herring.

A formal notice of forfeiture on a window says Enterprise has taken back the tenancy and any attempt by the former licensees to re-enter the premises 'may constitute a criminal offence.'

An angry Mr Carefoot said this week that there are a lot of hard working people in Longridge, and everyone felt very bitter about the situation at The Dog.

He said: "Words fail me as to how to refer to those two."

He told The News that it was rumoured that Mr Miller and Mr Herring are currently out of the country.