A NOTORIOUS pub will reopen six months after it was closed after a shooting which led to an attempted murder charge.
The Marsh House in Marsh is due to reopen under new management at the end of this month.
Police closed the Westbourne Road pub on October 1 last year after a 22-year-old man was shot and injured.
A Huddersfield man, Samuel Ben Jepson, 22, has been charged with attempted murder.
He will go on trial at Bradford Crown Court on June 25.
The shooting was the latest in a series of incidents at the troubled venue, which included a man walking in with a 3ft samurai sword.
But owner Punch Taverns, which had been aiming to reopen the pub in time for Easter weekend, said it was confident the venue would now be run in a responsible manner.
A spokesman said: "We now have a new licensee in place ready to reopen The Marsh House.
"Michelle Priestley has 15 years' experience in the licensed trade and worked at The Marsh House, so knows the pub well.
"We are confident she is more than capable of running this pub in a competent and responsible manner.
"We aim to reopen the pub towards the end of April.
"The pub will continue under the name of The Marsh House."
As reported in the Examiner, a Kirklees Licensing Panel was told last October that the former pub supervisor left five weeks before the shooting, unknown to Punch Taverns.
He had vanished with the takings, councillors heard.
Kirklees councillors agreed the pub could reopen shortly after the incident. They imposed conditions that CCTV be installed and door staff employed on Friday and Saturday nights to check for weapons and drugs.
But ward councillor Mehboob Khan said people still had concerns.
He said: "Our preference would be that it didn't reopen as a pub, but as another type of business. Local residents are worried about crime and safety, especially after the shooting.
"We will be looking for reassurances that the new management will be able to tackle any issues should they arise.
"We will be monitoring the situation very closely."