Richard Bowser Sentenced for Firing Shots at England’s Highest Pub

Richard Bowser, 46, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison following a harrowing incident at the Tan Hill Inn, England’s highest pub located in the Yorkshire Dales.

Additionally, Bowser will serve an extended licence of four years.

The distressing event occurred last year at the pub, situated 528m above sea level on the Pennine Way. North Yorkshire Police reported that patrons experienced a terrifying ordeal.

Bowser was convicted of wounding with intent and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life at Teesside Crown Court.

Photo: Bob Smith Photography

On the afternoon of 21 July, Bowser arrived at the Tan Hill Inn to stay in a camping pod.

That evening, after socialising in the pub, he was involved in an altercation and asked to leave.

Following a heated exchange and physical confrontation with a customer and staff, Bowser was pushed outside.

Outside, Bowser assaulted a customer returning to his camper van.

When a family member of the victim confronted Bowser at his pod, Bowser brandished a firearm, which failed to fire.

The family member escaped, but Bowser fired four shots, causing shrapnel to penetrate a door.

The pub staff moved customers to safety and locked the front door.

Bowser attempted to re-enter but was unsuccessful.

Police officers later arrested him using a Taser.

Richard Bowser was jailed after the incident at the Tan Hill Inn. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton condemned Bowser’s actions, highlighting their lasting impact on the victims and the Tan Hill community.

The staff’s quick response and support of the police investigation were praised.

Bowser was also convicted of assault and actual bodily harm, but acquitted of two attempted murder charges.

He was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on 24 January.

Det Supt Naughton welcomed the sentence, emphasising the message against violence and illegal firearm use in North Yorkshire.

The bravery of the victim and their role in securing the conviction were acknowledged, with hopes that the sentence brings closure.

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