Sheffield pub faces new licence review

The Timber Top pub on Shirecliffe Road in Sheffield which is facing a licence review after breaching conditions and violence
The Timber Top pub on Shirecliffe Road in Sheffield which is facing a licence review after breaching conditions and violence
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A Sheffield pub where ‘assaults, drug use and drug dealing’ have been reported is facing a review of its licence.

South Yorkshire Police said it had received several reports of problems at The Timber Top pub in Shirecliffe –leading to the licence review.

A report to members of Sheffield Council’s licensing committee, ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, says there have been ‘several incidents’ since February 2013.

Extra conditions were added to the pub’s licence after a review in March 2013, when police said there had been problems with ‘assaults and drug usage and dealing’ under different managers.

However, police said the problems have continued leading to the licence review – although those behind the pub say they are doing ‘everything possible’ to keep it running smoothly and safely.

The report says police found a man with a knife wound to his left bicep at the Shirecliffe Road pub in January, while paramedics were called in February as a man in the pub would not wake up.

In the report, Sergeant Craig Charlesworth says: “There appeared to have been a disturbance inside where a group of males have entered and assaulted two males using fists and bottles.”

The report says in June police attended to find a man hit on the head with a bottle and a damaged vehicle with a ‘strong smell of cannabis’.

Police have also raised concerns about breaches of the pub’s conditions.

However, leaseholder Berwick Ulcena, who has been involved with the pub since it was taken over last December, said: “The managers are doing everything they can to keep it running smoothly and safely.”

He also stressed staff were working closely with the council and had receoved no objections from environmental health, fire and rescue.

Mr Ulcena said they had ‘inherited the pub with problems’ and many customers had been going for years with no complaints, while problems ‘happened everywhere’.

Councillors have the power to impose strict conditions or even revoke the licence.