Bid to open Midlothian village pub

Plans to reopen the Middleton Inn are taking shape.

Last week Midlothian Licensing Board approved a provisional premises licence submitted by applicant Castle Inns (Scotland) Limited.

The police had objected to the application because of a criminal conviction held by the applicant David Mackman of Castle Inns.

He was fined £750 after being found guilty of assault to injury with domestic aggravation at Linlithgow Sheriff Court in December 2008.

However, Mr Mackman’s agent Alistair Macdonald said his client was “ashamed” of the incident, ashamed to have had to appear at court, and ashamed to have to appear before the board.

“There is absolutely no indication of any threat to the public or crime or disorder from Mr Mackman.”

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