Man denies attempted murder following incident at Tan Hill

The Tan Hill Inn. Photo: Mike Dobson.

A man accused of attempted murder following an incident at a world-famous pub in the Yorkshire Dales is to face trial by jury.

Richard Bowser, 46, appeared at Teesside Crown Court today when he denied the charge, as well as two further allegations of carrying a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

Bowser was arrested following an incident at the Tan Hill Inn in Langthwaite, Arkengarthdale, on July 21.

Police were called to the pub, renowned for its breathtaking views of the surrounding dales, at about 10.40pm.

A man in his 40s was said to have suffered serious arm injuries and was taken to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service. 

Bowser, of Worcester Place, Bishop Auckland, was arrested shortly afterwards but today denied attempting to murder a named man and pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

The prosecution alleges that Bowser was carrying an Uberti revolver with intent to endanger life. He’s also accused of possessing a Belgian .410 shotgun with intent to endanger life.

The case was adjourned for a trial starting on January 8 next year. It is expected to last five-to-seven days. Bowser was remanded in custody until that date.