Sheffield Council announce Niche will reopen with extra security measures

Niche supporters outside Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: George Torr/The Star
Niche supporters outside Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: George Torr/The Star
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A Sheffield nightclub will reopen but its licence will be amended following a night of violence outside the premises.

Owners of Niche on Walker Street close to the Wicker, were told they must improve security measures following a Sheffield Council licensing hearing at Sheffield Town Hall.

The hearing was held inside the main council chamber at Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: George Torr/The Star

The hearing was held inside the main council chamber at Sheffield Town Hall. Picture: George Torr/The Star

Huge cheers from supporters could be heard from the public gallery as the licensing chair, Coun David Barker announced the decision.

The hearing was told four people were stabbed and another suffered broken bones following in what police called a 'gang' related attack on December 23. The altercation inside the club was said to have spilled out onto the street outside.

South Yorkshire Police had called for a revocation order of the club's licence but that was rejected by the committee.

The force stressed that no one from the club called the police and the first time officers heard about the incident was when paramedics called it in.

The club must increase the number of door staff from four to six and limit the sale of glass inside the club.

Niche will have until February 24 to present how they will do this.

There were jubilant scenes outside Sheffield Town Hall as the club's owners came out to meet supporters.