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Legal bid to recover £150,000 in unpaid tax dropped at pub where trade plummeted after car crash

PUBLISHED: 15:06 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:29 18 October 2018

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a car crashed into the wall. Pub owner Paul Anderson-Cowles.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a car crashed into the wall. Pub owner Paul Anderson-Cowles. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The company behind a village pub near Norwich where trade plummeted after a car crashed into a wall has been given a lifeline after a legal bid to see almost £150,000 recovered was dropped.

Damage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a car crashed into the wall.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYDamage to the Brick Kilns pub at Little Plumstead after a car crashed into the wall. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Company Honeycombe owns the Brick Kilns pub in Little Plumstead, which owed nearly £150,000 to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Two months ago, HMRC sought a compulsory winding up order against the company over the unpaid £145,025 tax bill.

But the hearing at London’s High Court was adjourned until this week to give Honeycombe time to settle the amount in full.

When the case returned to court on Wednesday, HMRC did not pursue its application and deputy judge Andy QC dismissed the winding up petition.

MORE: Man fined after car crashes into village pub in Little Plumstead

In August, the court was told that Honeycombe lost trade after a Citroen car crashed into the Brick Kilns in 2016, causing major damage to a wall of the dining room.

Owner Paul Anderson-Cowles, who has run the pub since 1972, has previously said he fell behind on his tax payments after the incident.

He said his takings fell from £25,000 to £9,000 during one week in June 2016.

The pub sits at the junction of Norwich Road and Salhouse Road.

MORE: Owner’s £145,000 fight with taxman after car crashes into his pub

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