Future of Sheffield pub ‘at risk over drugs’

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A SHEFFIELD pub could be closed down over drug dealing and assaults on the premises.

Police chiefs have asked Sheffield Council to review the licence for the Timbertop public house in Shirecliffe, claiming there have been a ‘significant number of incidents at the premises,’ including ‘reports of assaults and drug usage and dealing’.

The pub, on Shirecliffe Road, which is owned by SB Leisure Management and run by Mark Breame, is alleged by police to have a ‘significant negative impact on the community’.

Police records show that despite reports of drug issues and nuisance in and around the pub, the management has failed to halt the decline in standards.

Inspector Simon Leake, responsible for the North East Safer Neighbourhood Area, said: “In terms of policing intelligence and knowledge of the community it is known as a place where organised crime groups would gather, a place where drug dealing may take place, a place associated with drug dealing and generally a place where there is an undercurrent of criminality.”

Sergeant Craig Charlesworth, who is responsible for policing licensed premises in Shirecliffe, Southey, Burngreave, Firth Park and Parson Cross, said the pub has problems with drug dealing in the pub and car park, rubbish is regularly dumped outside and the premises are in a poor condition.

He said the force has records of calls from members of the public reporting groups gathering and noise nuisance.

Sgt Charlesworth said during visits to the pub in November and December officers spotted people connected with ‘organised crime gangs’ on the car park.

He said in the same month designated premise supervisor Mr Breame was attacked when he confronted a punter attempting to serve himself.

He added: “I am extremely concerned that neither the designated premise supervisor or the premise licence holders have sufficient control of the premise and are not taking their responsibilities regarding the safe running of a licensed premise seriously.”