No booze order at Sheffield pub

'Difficult' pub: The Parson Cross Hotel.

'Difficult' pub: The Parson Cross Hotel.

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A ‘DIFFICULT’ pub where under-age drinking, fighting and drug use have all been reported to police has been told to stop selling alcohol for three months.

Unless an appeal is made, The Parson Cross Hotel on Deerlands Avenue cannot sell booze or host entertainment until November.

A string of licence modifications was also determined by a Sheffield Council committee which was told of incidents before and after Mohammed Shaber took over the licence in December.

Groups of people fighting, men ‘ripping urinals off’ and ‘drug use taking place’ in toilets were all alleged after January.

On February 20, police were told by pub staff that Sheffield United fans were on their way to ‘smash’ the pub up while a group waited outside to greet them.

A woman caller said her 16-year-old daughter had come home ‘really drunk’ on March 2 and said she had been at the pub. And on May 23 a caller reported six youths ‘aged about 15’ drinking lager there.

Sgt Gayle Kirby told the committee it was a ‘difficult’ pub with ‘problems historically’.

Test purchases and a pub request for a drugs dog to attend, did not happen because of the ‘high risk’ and resources required.

There was an ‘anti police’ feeling among clientele, she added.

Sgt Kirby said: “There are continuing, ongoing issues that the regulars are running that pub.”

The meeting heard the pub’s designated premises supervisor, Naseem Akhter, had said children were turning up drunk and bringing alcohol, and were told to leave.

A condition imposed by licensing chiefs was that the designated premises supervisor was ‘removed’.

Solicitor Liaquat Sharif, representing Mr Shaber, pointed out there had not been any incidents since June 20 and staff had supplied CCTV images and documents when requested.

After the meeting Insp Simon Leake said: “I’m glad the board listened to concerns of the police around the link of the pub with anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and organised crime groups related to young football hooligans.

“The three months will give the licence holder a good springboard to break this relationship.”

An appeal can be made for up to 21 days after the licence holder receives notice of the decision.

LICENSING CONDITIONS

* No licensable activities, like selling alcohol and entertainment, at the premises for three months

* Remove the designated premises supervisor

* No under 18s allowed on the premises

* During Sheffield Wednesday home fixtures, pool cues and balls to be locked away and security staff employed.

* The use of a drug box for any confiscated drugs

* No alcohol to be taken outside the premises

* No tables and chairs situated outside the premises

* A refusal log in relation to the sale of alcohol to be kept

* Staff training to be provided along with records of training kept

* The Challenge 25 scheme to operate in relation to the sale of alcohol

* To obtain membership of the Licence Watch Scheme

* Staff training to be provided along with records of training to be kept

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