Brawls and drugs at inn

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FIGHTING, drug use and drunkenness at a Sheffield pub have led to police asking for its licence to be reviewed.

Residents have described the pub as a ‘haven for drug dealers’.

Now officers from South Yorkshire Police’s Liquor Licensing Department have compiled a dossier of evidence about The Blue Bell Inn, on Main Street, Hackenthorpe.

Police have asked for the review, which will take place at the Town Hall on Monday, September 5, on the grounds of ‘preventing crime and disorder, preventing public nuisance and protecting children from harm’. A police log details around 50 incidents at the troubled boozer in the 12 months to April this year.

Among the most serious incidents was a 20-man brawl on April 17 this year, in which one man was left knocked out and suffered a small bleed inside his skull.

In June last year, a drinker was allegedly knocked unconscious at the pub with a snooker ball.

Suspects have been arrested in connection with both incidents on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Other reports involve rowdy and abusive drinkers congregating outside, people urinating outside the premises, and glasses being smashed.

Police arrested men smoking cannabis at the pub, while a test of the venue’s toilets found evidence of cocaine.

Officers received a tip-off in May last year about people in the pub ‘talking openly about whose credit cards they use to cut up cocaine’ and that the drug was ‘lined up ready to use in the toilets’.

Police said they raised concerns with management of the pub but that the problems continued.

Witnesses have also given statements to the council in support of the police application for a review.

Residents and former drinkers at the pub said licensees had tried to tackle the problems and ban troublemakers, but were ‘in fear of reprisals’.