Sheffield pub’s fate to be decided

The Terminus Tavern at Darnall
The Terminus Tavern at Darnall
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The future of a troubled Sheffield pub will be decided by a licensing committee next week.

The Terminus Tavern in Darnall, Sheffield, could be stripped of its licence after a series of unsavoury incidents during a two-year period.

Police were called to the pub, on Main Road, 12 times between November 4, 2011, and March 16 this year, to deal with crime and public offences – including a mass brawl involving 30 people.

The pub has also been caught serving people under age and several assaults and robberies have been reported to police.

Now South Yorkshire Police have applied to Sheffield Council’s chief licensing officer to remove the licence at the Terminus in order to prevent crime and disorder and for the safety of the public.

The licensing committee will meet at Sheffield Town Hall on Tuesday, July 2.

Reports submitted as part of the application detail how licence holder David Nelson Greenall had been asked to install and maintain a colour CCTV system back in May 2010 as part of an action plan to help curb the pub’s problems.

However, despite regular inspections by police, the CCTV was never adequately installed because of a dispute between the owner of the building and the licence- holder.

Benita Mumby, licensing manager for South Yorkshire Police, said incidents at the pub between May 2010 and March 2013 included reports of assaults, robberies and drug deals as well as the sale of alcohol to children.

In a report to the committee, she said: “A meeting was held to discuss the failed test purchase and the premise lease-holder was initially spoken to and was fairly obstructive and unhelpful.”

On the brawl involving 30 people in January this year, she said: “The landlord told a member of staff to report 30 people fighting inside the premises. Officers attended and on arrival there was no fighting taking place, but an ambulance was requested for a male with a head injury.”

No-one from the pub was available for comment.