A PARTY venue where a man was stabbed to death on the dance floor on New Year’s Day has had its licence suspended.
Police chiefs asked Sheffield Council’s licensing board to suspend the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites’ licence pending a full review after 27-year-old Joshua Green was stabbed to death at a private function.
Supt Martin Hemingway, of South Yorkshire Police, said the incident at the Queens Road venue in Sheffield was the latest in a series of flare-ups in recent months where rival groups had ‘squared up to each other’.
He said there was an incident in December and two in August.
“This is a positive step to take in the wake of the fatal stabbing last weekend.
“We asked for the suspension because of serious concerns about serious crime and disorder there.”
Two men arrested on suspicion of murder over the stabbing were still being questioned by detectives yesterday.
The 19-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and the 22-year-old on Wednesday.
Emergency services were called to Stars in the early hours of Sunday where a man had suffered fatal knife wounds.
Detectives are trying to trace the 434 revellers at the New Year’s Eve party when the trouble broke out and a probe is under way into how the weapon used got into the venue when there was a knife arch in operation on the door.
Two weapons found inside and outside are being tested but are not believed to be the murder weapon.
Det Supt Andy Thompson, leading the murder investigation, said: “We are seeing more people from our enquiries and we have had some people ringing in but I am still disappointed that more people haven’t yet come forward to say they were there.
“We need to hear from as many people as possible.”
Flowers and cards left outside Stars as a tribute to Joshua includes one from his nan, who said: “Love forever - you will never be forgotten.”
A card left by Joshua’s Uncle John reads: “You and your brother are like sons I never had...whole lot of mischief. Never forget you soldier.”
n Anyone with information about the stabbing should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, the incident room on 0114 296 3159 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.