Sheffield bar open for business

Players Lounge, Ecclesfield
Players Lounge, Ecclesfield
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The owner of a Sheffield bar which was forced to close after a man was stabbed nearby is still in business.

Keith Johnstone, who owns the Players Lounge in Ecclesfield, said the bar reopened four weeks after the attack on a 31-year-old man, and is no longer closed, as reported in yesterday’s Star.

Brad Spencer, aged 20, of Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, was jailed for six years for stabbing the victim in his chest, back and arms.

He admitted wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and having a blade in public at Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Johnstone said he and his son Kevin, who manage the bar in Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, had worked closely with the police, child protection and environmental health departments since its closure in March.

He said: “We attended a hearing of Sheffield Council’s licensing committee.

“We reopened on April 16 and since then there has only been one incident and that was when we called the police because of a man causing trouble across the road.”

Mr Johnstone claimed the club had passed test purchase operations – used to check if staff are serving alcohol to underage drinkers – for three years running. He said the venue’s regular customers had returned, but bookings for functions had been slow.

He said: “We are very worried about the effect on our business and we want people to know we are open.”

We would like to apologise to Mr Johnstone for the error, which was based on official information supplied to us.