Hammer attack pub can reopen - but with strict conditions, say Sheffield councillors

The Terminus Tavern in Darnall.
The Terminus Tavern in Darnall.
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A Sheffield pub where a man was attacked with a hammer will be allowed to reopen - but with strict conditions.

City councillors today decided not to strip the Terminus Tavern in Main Road, Darnall, of its licence despite the violent brawl on April 30.

One man was slashed across the face and another was hit on the head with a hammer during a 50th birthday party at the pub.

Council officers and South Yorkshire Police jointly applied for the licence to be suspended.

Police said they believed the violence was linked to local family disputes.

But licence holder Tansy Bagshaw argued that the Terminus was the only remaining pub in Darnall and was at the heart of the local community.

She said strangers were involved in the attack and it was unfair that her regular customers were paying the price for their actions.

After a meeting that lasted several hours, councillors decided not to revoke the licence. But they imposed strict conditions on Mrs Bagshaw.

Staff will have to be trained to provide CCTV images to the police, with a minimum of one employee who can operate the system on the premises at all times.

A Security Industry Authority bouncer will have to be employed for any booked event, with a risk assessment required.

No new customers will be allowed in after 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays followed by a bank holiday.

And the licence holder must be at the pub from 8pm on any day and from the start of all booked events.

A council spokesman said: “Following an application for review that was received from South Yorkshire Police, the council have reviewed the license and, as a result, extra conditions have now been imposed by our licensing committee.

“These include preventing new customers entering the pub after 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, at least one staff member on duty during opening times being able to provide viewable copies of CCTV images, and door supervisors being deployed during events.

“We are aware of the issues surrounding these premises and would like to reassure members of the public that further action may be taken if the problems continue.”