A pub and hotel manager has denied being responsible for allowing smoking in his bar.

Darren Hunter is in charge at the Springfield Hotel, in central Middlesbrough.

A Middlesbrough Council prosecution alleges that on February 25 this year patrons inside the Borough Road boozer were seen to be smoking by council investigators.

Hunter, 52, represented himself at Teesside Magistrates’ Court and denied the charge.

He claimed he was not working on the night in question, but would call those staying at the hotel as witnesses and had CCTV footage.

Smoking has been against the law in pubs and all enclosed work places since July 2007.

Hunter, of Durham Road, was given seven days to instruct a solicitor and provide witness details ahead of a trial on December 17 at the same court.

He was given unconditional bail until that date.

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