Mortlake tapas bar where man was stabbed to death thanks customers for support (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Mortlake tapas bar where man was stabbed to death thanks customers for support
A pub in Mortlake where a man was stabbed to death has upped its security and thanked customers for their support during difficult times.
Owners of the Tapestry pub in Lower Richmond Road had an improved colour CCTV system installed following a licensing request by the police.
It follows the death of James Fiennes, who was stabbed with a pair of scissors in the pub on April 22, and died in hospital the next morning.
Nicholas Hunter, 36, has been charged with murder and will appear at the Old Bailey on August 19 for a plea and case management hearing.
The pub, which sells tapas, has always had CCTV but the system was removed by police to use as evidence in their investigation.
Lucia Fiorini, 48, who co-owns the pub with her brother, Jackson, was grateful to her customers for their support.
She said: “We want to say a big thank you to people who are coming in and showing their support.
“What happened was really horrible, the worst, and we are reinforcing the security.
“I think it is a good idea and we appreciate the advice from the police and are happy to follow it.”
Miss Fiorini and her brother also own the Pottery in Kingston, which specialises in tapas.
After the killing the pub, opposite the Stag Brewery, was shut for three days.
Miss Fiorini said: “I know there have been quite a lot of incidents around here and people are trying to keep an eye out.
“If we can help that then that is a good thing, not only for our security, but for the whole area because it is such a nice place and it would be a shame to let some people ruin it.”
Mark Halton, licensing officer at Richmond police, said: “This was a tragic event. We would like to assure the local community and customers of the Tapestry that officers from Richmond police have worked with the venue in ensuring it is a safe venue for people to visit.
“We would like to thank the management and staff at the premises for their cooperation throughout.
“The Tapestry has been a well-run venue previously and we believe will be in the future.”
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