Essex Community Rocked by Hate Crime Dispute over Pub’s Golly Dolls Display


A dispute involving a case of potential hate crime, sparked by golly dolls displayed behind the bar, has rocked the community of Grays, Essex. Authorities immersed themselves in the case revolving around the White Hart Inn, a once-popular pub now shuttered amidst the controversy.

Essex’s Chief Police Constable BJ Harrington stands firm, unapologetic over his decision to thoroughly investigate the allegations. The investigation was instituted earlier this year after a local individual claimed the dolls caused considerable alarm and distress. The dolls, quickly removed and collected as evidence, had been a feature of the pub for almost a decade.

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Evincing his commitment to public interest and fair law enforcement, Harrington stated, “If someone makes an allegation of a crime, it’s our job to proportionally investigate. We must gather the evidence and ascertain if it meets the threshold to be evaluated by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). We acted exactly as we should have in this case.”

The Crown Prosecution Service, having taken a scrutinizing look at the case, declared there would be no further action following the investigation spearheaded by Essex police. This statement, however, did nothing to dim the steadfast commitment expressed by Constable Harrington.

According to the police, the dolls were seized from the pub on the 4th of April. Shortly after, the pub was struck off from the Good Beer Guide issued by the Campaign for Real Ale. The nature of the allegations and subsequent investigations led to public backlash, culminating in the pub’s closure and its banishment from the respected directory.

The pub, handed down to Benice and Chris Ryley by Mrs. Ryley’s late aunt, displayed the contentious collection for nearly a decade. However, on the 1st of May, Mrs. Ryley decided to close the pub entirely, burdened by brewing companies’ boycott and issues with the maintenance firm Innserve.

Alongside these stresses, the establishment faced vandalism on the 16th of April, sparking an entirely separate investigation by the police force. Their inquiry was based on section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986 – causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress- and section 31 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 – a racially or religiously aggravated public order offence.

Amidst the stormy cloud of controversy and turmoil, the dawn on the horizon draws closer with Admiral Taverns, the building owner. The optimistic company announced plans in May to revive the venue, breathing life back into the hallowed grounds under fresh management.