Sheffield pub fined for breaching coronavirus law after customers 'refused to leave'

Two more Sheffield businesses have been fined for breaching a trading curfew designed to keep people safe and potentially save lives, including a pub where customers ‘refused to leave’.

Monday, 30th November 2020, 1:05 pm
Updated Monday, 30th November 2020, 1:46 pm

The Masons Arms on Langsett Road, near Hillsborough, and Pepe’s Piri Piri on London Road must both pay £1,000 after being caught trading after hours.

The businesses have been named following a Freedom of Information request from The Star.

Under national laws introduced in October, pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and takeaways in the city were forced to shut by 10pm to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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The Masons Arms, Langsett Road.

South Yorkshire Police attended a ‘public disturbance’ at The Masons Arms at about 1.40am on 24 October.

When officers arrived the landlady told them trouble started after she tried ‘to kick customers out of the premises that refused to leave’.

At about 10.25pm on 3 November – two days before the current national lockdown began – enforcement officers from Sheffield City Council spotted two men entering Pepe’s Piri Piri restaurant and picking up a menu before reading it outside.

Pepe's Piri Piri on London Road has also been fined £1,000.

Shortly after, one of the customers re-entered the restaurant and placed an order, which he paid for in cash.

Ten other hospitality businesses in Sheffield were also fined between September and October for flouting the restrictions, which were brought in to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Sheffield City Council said they all “ignored the advice and warning letters that have been issued to hospitality venues”.

Police also seized 70 shisha pipes from a bar in Wicker on Friday night, which had been open illegally.

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