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Customer at The John Wallis pub in Middle Row, Ashford, accused of threatening man with knife from 99p Stores after row over fruit machine

A pub customer allegedly threatened a man with a knife from 99p Stores... after losing £1 on a fruit machine.

An argument broke out between two people at The John Wallis in Middle Row on Saturday evening during which one man is alleged to have left and returned with a kitchen knife from the discount chain, which he threatened the other with.

General manager Matt Gasson called police but said the trouble was over very quickly.

The John Wallis in Ashford
The John Wallis in Ashford

He said: “It was a storm in a teacup really. We asked a man to leave and we called the police. Nobody was hurt. It was dealt with in a matter of minutes and then everybody carried on enjoying the football.

“That was the first incident we’ve had all year. There is always a nice atmosphere in the pub and families are welcome.

"We’ve just had a charity launch for Cancer Research UK and there’s always something going on.”

Police spokesman Jon Green said: “Police were called to the pub at around 6pm after a man had allegedly threatened another man with a knife following a dispute about who was playing on the fruit machine.”

A knife from 99p Stores was allegedly used to threaten a pub customer
A knife from 99p Stores was allegedly used to threaten a pub customer

Antony Light, 52, of Park Road, Kennington, Ashford, was arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon - a kitchen knife - and assault. He was released on bail and is due at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 29.

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