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Wetherspoon pub in Beeston vandalised over anti-lockdown posters in windows – Nottinghamshire Live

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Anti-lockdown posters displayed inside the windows of a Beeston pub have been defaced.

The posters have been created by pub chain Wetherspoon to give “an alternative view to the Government over Covid-19 and lockdown”.

They appeared on the inside of the windows of The Last Post in Beeston – a Wetherspoon branch – but have been spray-painted over.

The posters are in the form of articles from the Wetherspoon News that particularly focuses on arguments around lockdowns being ‘counterproductive’.

It comes after The Samuel Hall Wetherspoon pub in Sherwood was also vandalised with the words ‘70,000 dead’ on the window showing the same posters.

It is understood the posters were put up by Wetherspoon to reflect the latest edition of the publication.

However, a spokesman has confirmed they are planning to take them down in the next few days to replace with updated articles.

‘Read all about it’ Wetherspoon News article is spray-painted over

A Wetherspoon spokesman said: “The heading for the posters is ‘Read all about it’, which refers to the online edition of Wetherspoon News.

“The online edition has articles by most leading newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, New Statesman, Daily Telegraph and The Independent.

“Having said that the posters have been up for six weeks and it is fair to say that a few of the comments are out of date.

“We intend to take the posters down from all Wetherspoon pubs in the next few days.

“It is vital in a democracy to have an informed debate.

“As a result there may be an opportunity to replace the posters with more up to date articles in due course.”

Pubs and hospitality venues have been closed for months in Nottinghamshire amid rising infections, and look to remain closed for the foreseeable future amid the current national lockdown.

The Wetherspoon chain has repeatedly been critical of lockdown measures, which owner Tim Martin says have caused “mayhem, unemployment and economic dislocation across the hospitality industry.”