‘Love’ party plan thrown out amid violence fears

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PLANS for a party in Sheffield called Bring Back The Love have been thrown out by councillors - after police opposed them on the grounds it could attract the same clientele as an event where a man was knifed to death.

The event, billed as a pre-Valentine’s Day and birthday party, was set to take place at The Everyone Centre on Broadfield Road, Heeley, next month.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board refused permission for the party after an objection to a temporary events notice was made by police.

But the board granted permission for Meersbrook Park United Reformed Church to hold private parties with music, despite objections from residents - on the condition it only holds 15 events a year and keeps noise levels down.

The police objection to Bring Back The Love said the event had ‘the potential for serious crime and disorder’.

Dad-of-two Joshua Green was stabbed to death during an R’n’B night at the Stars and Mayfair club in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

After the meeting promoter Tinashe Mangena, from Hemsworth, said the board’s decision was ‘unfair’.

“You’re better off addressing the issue rather than dismissing it,” he said.

“We tried to explain to the board that we’re more than happy to do anything which will ensure the safety of our patrons.”

The event would have run from 11pm on February 11 until 5am the following morning, with a licence to serve alcohol and play music.

People living near Meersbrook Park United Reformed Church, on Chesterfield Road, opposed the bid for a premises licence to have live and recorded music during events at the church hall between 9am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Neighbours said rowdy parties were affecting their mental health and spoiling children’s sleep, but councillors granted the licence providing only 15 events are held a year and notices are put up telling people to leave quietly.

n PERMISSION for Betty’s Traditional Fish and Chips on Fitzwilliam Street to trade until 5am seven days a week was granted on the condition notices are put up inside the business, reminding customers to leave quietly and not congregate outside.

The council’s health protection service also withdrew an application to produce an engineer’s report on an outbuilding at The Cremorne Hotel, London Road, where the floor partially collapsed during a gig. The pub has since carried out repairs itself.