A STUDENT hit by a double decker bus moments after leaving an all day drinking event at Sheffield University had ‘never been so drunk’, police reports reveal.
The 18-year-old, a first year student, suffered a punctured lung and serious head injuries after she was hit on Glossop Road on December 14.
The girl, from Suffolk, had been attending the ‘Christmas Day’ bash at students’ union venue Bar One. After she was knocked down she was found to have a promotional cup in her handbag marked ‘Legendary Christmas Event’.
And at noon on the day of the event, the girl herself had reported via social media that she had “never been so drunk”.
South Yorkshire Police have called for a review into Bar One’s licence to sell alcohol, to be discussed by Sheffield Council’s licensing committee next Thursday.
Students had queued from the early hours to get into Bar One in time for cut-price drinks being served from 10am.
Supt Martin Hemingway said in his report: “Of particular concern, especially in view of the social media comments of the injured party, is the starting of discounted drinks as early as 10am, with different drinks discounted throughout the day. This appears to encourage early drinking and mixing drinks.”
The report also reveals for the first time three other incidents of trouble at the union.
In February, about 20 students attacked door staff outside Bar One and there was a fight later. In July, up to 15 students were involved in a disturbance in which a security worker was hit in the face and bitten. And in October, two males were taken to hospital as they were so drunk.
Supt Hemingway added: “Given previous incidents, South Yorkshire Police believe the circumstances give rise to a significant fear of serious crime and disorder.”
The girl was taken to hospital fighting for life, but is now ‘serious’ and ‘improving’.
Councillors could decide to modify the students’ union licence with new conditions, suspend it or even revoke it.