Fear of Carnage at Sheffield pub crawl proves unfounded

Students demonstrate in Barkers Pool, Sheffield.
Students demonstrate in Barkers Pool, Sheffield.
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POLICE said Sheffield’s latest controversial Carnage student pub crawl passed off without any major public order incidents - although a protest was held against the theme of the event.

Representatives of both Sheffield and Hallam universities’ students’ unions gathered in Barker’s Pool to demonstrate.

They were unhappy about the ‘Pimps and Hoes’ theme - which has been branded demeaning to women.

The protesters put on T-shirts which had messages condemning violence against women, and brought along large banners declaring, ‘We like drinking, we hate pimping’ and ‘Open your eyes to modern day slavery’.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “No major incidents of public disorder were reported during the Carnage event.”

Carnage, which holds student pub crawls around the UK, is planning a further event in Sheffield on Monday, November 12, with a Beauty and the Geek theme.

Describing Monday night’s event, Carnage UK said on its Facebook internet page: “What a bloody epic night!”

The company has held pub crawls in Sheffield for the last few years but controversy erupted in 2009 when drunken Hallam University student Philip Laing, aged 19, from Cheshire, was photographed urinating on the war memorial at Barker’s Pool during the event.

Laing was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service after admitting a charge of outraging public decency.

The district judge who sentenced him criticised Carnage for running the event - amid claims it encouraged binge drinking.

Carnage UK says all its venues are properly run and that collections have been made for charity during its pub crawls.

Critics of this week’s Carnage event were joined by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield who said the ‘Pimps and Hoes’ theme ‘trivialises prostitution and violence towards women’.