Mill boycott ends

Jonathan Laurence 25 January 2008

Mill landlord Julian McCann has been given a formal police caution after admitting to assaulting disabled student Luke Barbanneau.

McCann, 47, has also been suspended from his job at the Mill pending a full investigation by the company that owns the pub.

The disciplinary process is likely to be finished by the end of this week, according to the pub’s temporary manager. In the meantime, McCann is banned from entering the Mill premises.

The landlord has described his own actions as unforgiveable. He has apologised for his assault in writing.

At its peak, the Facebook group urging students to boycott the pub attracted over 1,000 members. But Barbanneau urged students to return to the Mill following the landlord’s suspension.

“Please no longer feel obliged to avoid the pub. Indeed I would recommend a visit, as it is likely to be a more pleasant experience under the new management”, the student said.

Although the story has been picked up the national press, Barbanneau told The Cambridge Student (TCS) that he did not want any wider media attention. “I have a degree and privacy to think of”, he said.

“As far as I’m concerned, the matter is closed”.

Jonathan Laurence