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Ewloe pub to reopen after suspected arson attack

A ‘SUPER pub’ is set to reopen its doors after a suspected arson attack which caused £500,000 pounds worth of damage.

The Running Hare at St David’s Park in Ewloe will begin trading again on March 31.

A spokesman for Marston’s Inns, which owns the pub, said: “We are pleased to be reopening The Running Hare. It is a real focal point of the community and a really popular pub.

“We look forward to welcoming customers back at the end of the month.”

Two members of staff were charged with arson after the fire broke out on Sunday, February 6.

Head chef and kitchen manager Clinton James Stephen, 31, and assistant manager Christopher Ryan Drake, 21, are also accused of damaging a fruit machine and stealing £600 in cash and perverting the course of justice amid allegations that they gave North Wales Police false information.

Stephen – of Church Court in Ashton Hayes, near Chester – was bailed to live at his parents’ address in Tennyson Walk in Blacon, Chester.

Drake, who at the time lived at The Running Hare, was bailed to an address at Discombe Drive in Meols, The Wirral.

The pair are expected to enter pleas to the charges at Mold Crown Court in April.

The £2m pub opened last August.