Cousin of popular soldier killed in Chesterfield 'bottle attack' launches petition to ban glass at nightspots

The cousin of a popular soldier who died after allegedly being struck over the head with a bottle has launched a petition to ban pubs and nightclubs from serving drinks in glass containers.

By Robert Cumber
Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 6:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 8:07 pm

Sheffield United fan Joseph Robotham was taken to hospital following an incident outside Vibe bar, on Holywell Street, during the early hours of Saturday, February 8, at around 3.50am, and sadly died the following night.

The tragedy has prompted calls for pubs and nightclubs to stop using glass, and Joseph’s cousin Liam Robotham has now launched a petition calling for the use of glass containers to be banned.

The online petition describes Joseph as a ‘genuine and lovely lad’ with his ‘whole life ahead of him’.

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Joseph Robotham

“Our family has been ripped apart and will never be the same again. We want to prevent families going through similar situations and we think removing glass is a start. Changes need to happen, not just in Chesterfield but the whole of the UK,” it continues.

“Plastic cups and bottles need to be used in pubs and nightclubs as far too many people are being hurt or killed. My family will never get over this tragedy but hopefully we can try to change the law on this and save other families the heartache it has caused to mine.”

Joseph’s family earlier today spoke of their grief at losing their ‘beautiful boy’, who they said was ‘cruelly taken away from us’.