Sheffield University ‘Bar One’ licence review after student tragedy

Tragedy: Emergency services outside Bar One after the accident and, inset, a poster promoting the party.
Tragedy: Emergency services outside Bar One after the accident and, inset, a poster promoting the party.
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POLICE have called for a review of Sheffield University’s ‘Bar One’ student union venue following a tragedy after an all-day party where cut-price drinks were sold for 15 hours.

An 18-year-old University of Sheffield student was left fighting for life after being struck by a double-decker bus moments after she left the Students’ Union ‘Christmas Day’ event at Bar One, where half price pints were on offer from 10am.

The girl - named on Twitter as Lucy - lived at the university’s Endcliffe Student Village.

A concerned fellow student said: “We heard there had been an accident and then heard separately there had been an incident with a bus. We didn’t want to put the two together but then we saw in The Star that she was 18 years old and from Suffolk.”

Students queued from the 4am on Wednesday to be among the first to get into the bar.

Now the police licensing committee has asked for an immediate review of the bar’s licence, saying they are worried about the impact of ‘irresponsible drinks promotion’.

Superintendent Martin Hemingway said South Yorkshire Police will call for all cut-price drinks deals to be suspended.

He said: “Police are not trying to clamp down on student drinking, but need to have serious look at bars encouraging people to drink excessively from early in the morning.

“Clearly, people need to take responsibility for their own behaviour, but licensees and bar staff also have a duty of care towards their patrons.

“We want to make sure that people strike the right balance between enjoying themselves and going too far and we will act decisively when required”

He said an ‘expedited review’ can be held within 48 hours of an application being received if there are ‘serious concerns or problems with violence disorder and public safety issues’.

A University of Sheffield spokesperson said: “Our prime concern is for the wellbeing of our students. Our thoughts are with the student for a speedy recovery and with her family at this difficult time.

“The Students’ Union has run the Christmas Day event for 14 years without incident.

“The Students’ Union not only met its legal requirements for the event but substantially exceeded them. We had a number of measures in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students.

“This incident requires immediate reconsideration of the event. The University has taken the decision to suspend this event until a thorough review has taken place and will cooperate in full with the police and licensing authority.”