Centre’s Jamaica party can go on

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POLICE have withdrawn their objections to a party to celebrate the 49th anniversary of Jamaican independence at a Sheffield community centre.

SADACCA, on the Wicker, applied for a temporary event notice to hold the event on Saturday, August 6 until 4am on the Sunday.

Milton Samuels asked Sheffield Council for permission to sell alcohol and put on entertainment at the Marcus Garvey Hall.

An objection was made on behalf of South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, Med Hughes, as organisers had not discussed the event with police before submitting the licensing application.

Officers asked to be informed of functions there after three men were stabbed at a party in April.

Keith Lannaman, functions secretary at SADACCA, said: “There was a breakdown in communication. We had said that before we were going to hold another function, we would tell the police what was going on but we put the application in before we had arranged a meeting with the police.

“After discussions were held, the police have withdrawn their objections.”

Police had objected on the grounds of crime and disorder - and concern that violence could take place at the party.

But management at the club have assured officers that the anniversary celebration will be well -organised, and Mr Samuels was not involved in organising the April event where the stabbings happened.

The independence day function has now been granted permission by councillors.