Violence fears over planned birthday party

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PLANS for a pre-Valentine’s Day and birthday party called Bring Back The Love are being opposed by police – who fear the event could attract the same clientele as a New Year’s event where a man was murdered.

Promoter Tinashe Mangena, of Mawfa Crescent, Hemsworth, has applied for a temporary event notice to hold the party at The Everyone Centre, Broadfield Road, Heeley.

In his application, Mr Mangena described the event as a ‘birthday celebration as well as a pre-Valentine’s party’.

The event would run from 11pm on Saturday, February 11 to 5am on Sunday, February 12, with a licence to serve alcohol and play music.

However, an objection has been made on behalf of South Yorkshire Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Bob Dyson.

It says: “The grounds of objection are based on the prevention of crime and disorder.

“Our objection relates to the violent incidents which occurred when the promoters recently held an event at an alternative venue.

“We have serious concerns the event will attract the same clientele and has the potential for serious crime and disorder.”

But Mr Mangena, 25, part of a promotions team called Glam, said: “The objection is linking us with the event at the Stars and Mayfair Suite in Queens Road, Sheffield, at New Year.

“However, I was in Bradford that night and our promotions team hasn’t run an event since last year.

“I haven’t had anything to do with the Stars and Mayfair event.”

Father-of-two Joshua Green was stabbed to death during an R’n’B music-themed party at the Stars and Mayfair party suites in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The venue’s licence has since been suspended pending a full review.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board are due to discuss Mr Mangena’s licensing application on Tuesday, January 17.