Sheffield music venue shuts ahead of licensing review following underage drinking claims

David Hancock by the South Sea pub, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 24 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
David Hancock by the South Sea pub, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 24 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
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A Sheffield music venue has closed after its landlord said it has been ‘unfairly targeted’ by the council in relation to allegations of underage drinking and disorder.

The South Sea public house on Spooner Road, Broomhill, closed last month ahead of a licensing hearing this week which claims the pub is unsuitable for under-18s.

The pub has a licence allowing children to enter the venue and it hosted music events open to teenagers.

David Hancock, who ran the pub, said the allegations were unfair and the venue will be missed by the local community. He said children had been buying alcohol from local shops and not his venue, as had been alleged.

Mr Hancock said their licence allowed children over 16 to attend music events.

He said: “The council didn’t like us having it and wanted it to be 18-plus.

“It will be a loss to the local community. People are really gutted. I have always wanted to support the local people. That is not just bands, it is DJs and promoters.

“They don’t like people setting up a sound system and playing DJ music.”

A report going to a council committee said a licence review has been requested by the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board.

The report said the board had been involved with the venue since 2013 after a 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital after attending an 18th birthday party at the venue. It added the children’s board was concerned that ‘a lack of management control’ had ‘resulted in children continuing to access and socialise in this unsuitable adult environment’.