A large pile of manure was apparently dumped outside a country pub with foul-mouthed signs accusing the married landlord of having an affair.
Police last night launched an investigation into the heap of dung, which was decorated with hand-written signs accusing the pub’s landlord and chef, Simon Emberley, of cheating on his partner.
Five placards stuck into the two-metre wide pile read “the landlord is fucking my wife”. It was left outside the award-winning Hawkley Inn overnight and was so wide it caused delays for motorists trying to pass through the village.
Mr Emberley yesterday denied the allegations, claiming the manure and messages were a smear campaign against him and were ‘unfounded and untrue’. He added that he was stunned to discover the manure and insisted he and his wife had no idea who dumped it.
Speaking from his pub, Mr Emberley said: “All I know is I turned up for work at 7.30 this morning, and there was a big pile of shit in the road.
“I don’t know where it’s come from or who has done it, but something like this can turn somebody’s life upside down.
“Whoever has done it is trying to ruin our business.”
He added: “It is unfounded and untrue.”