Police fear ‘serious crime’ at Sheffield bar

Police at Players Lounge, Ecclesfield
Police at Players Lounge, Ecclesfield
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A BAR where a man was stabbed is to have its licence reviewed by Sheffield Council chiefs.

Police were called to the Players Lounge, Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, on March 15 after a 31-year-old man was knifed nearby.

A report to licensing chiefs said the bar was voluntarily closed during forensic examinations but police allowed a pre-booked function to take place on March 16 as long as extra precautions were put in place.

But Supt Shaun Morley, of South Yorkshire Police, said in his report that one of the conditions, to only serve alcohol until 11pm and close by 11.30pm on the night, was not adhered to.

It also listed other incidents this year where officers attended the premises because of people fighting, causing noise and anti-social behaviour.

Supt Morley added: “Due to the serious incident and the possibility for repercussions from this incident South Yorkshire Police are concerned that there may be potential for further serious crime and disorder to take place at the premises.”

Sheffield Council’s licensing committee will consider the application for summary review on Tuesday, April 9.

Options open to the committee include modifying the conditions of the licence, excluding licensable activity, suspending or revoking the licence.

A man has appeared in court following the stabbing.

Brad Spencer, aged 19, of Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, was charged with wounding with intent and possessing a knife.