Ransacked pub arrest

The Swan with Two Necks
The Swan with Two Necks

Calls were made today to sort out a ransacked Chorley pub.

The landmark Swan with Two Necks has become an empty eyesore since it closed two years ago.

On Sunday afternoon, police arrested a man in the boarded-up Grade II listed pub on Hollinshead Street after copper piping and other fittings had been removed.

The 34-year-old, from Adlington, who was caught hiding in a cupboard, is on police bail until December 19, pending further inquiries.

Coun Adrian Lowe said: “I’ve had concerns ever since it shut down. I’ve tried to get to the bottom of who actually owns the Swan with Two Necks. The last time I made inquiries it was a company down south, a financial, property investment company.

“As long as it remains derelict and it has the potential as a magnet for damage.

“I would support any effort to get it back into business.

“I will speak to the building control officers to make sure they are complying to make it secure.”

In its heyday, the award-winning Swan with Two Necks was one of Chorley’s most popular pubs.

Two years ago, licensee Denise Hogan and her husband Nick left after eight years.

In 2008, they completed a £160,000 refurbishment of the pub, which included creating new decking outside, laying solid oak flooring, installing designer light fixtures throughout the venue, and a roof terrace.

As they left, the timber decking was ripped up, trees were cut down and fixtures inside were taken out.

The pub, in the St Laurence’s conservation area, was visited by council officers, police and bailiffs.

The pub hit the headlines in 2010 when Mr Hogan became the first person to be jailed in connection with the smoking ban.

The offences related to his time as landlord of The Swan with Two Necks and Barristers in Bradshawgate, Bolton. But a campaign was launched by his supporters, and his fines were paid. He was released 11 days into the sentence. Mr and Mrs Hogan moved on to a pub in Bury.