Bid to launch Sheffield city centre bar branded a ‘danger to the public’ by police

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MANAGERS of a Sheffield bar closed down after a spate of violent incidents will try to persuade Sheffield councillors to allow it to reopen.

Police closed the Empire Bar on Charter Square at Easter after three separate incidents in which a man was stabbed in the chest, a mass brawl erupted, and a group of revellers was mown down by a car.

Lawyers representing bar managers H&J Management and premises supervisor Nicholas Randall will try to persuade Sheffield Council’s licensing committee to lift the police closure order.

The order was meant to be reviewed by the committee back on May 12, but the meeting was cancelled after the company ceased trading.

H&J Management’s solicitor Michelle Hazlewood told The Star the firm’s licence was suspended “because they had been removed from the companies register”.

She would not divulge why the firm had stopped trading but added: “Now my clients are back on the register and in this situation case law shows the licence can be brought back to life.”

But although the licence has been reinstated, the company needs to get the police closure order lifted before they can start trading again.

Councillors will meet on Thursday to discuss the matter, when they will hear evidence from police officers investigating a series of incidents at the bar over the Easter weekend.

A statement by Superintendent Martin Hemingway said: “These premises are inadequately run and there is danger to patrons and the public at large. The licensee and managers are incapable of exerting proper control over its activities.”