Venue where man knifed to death regains licence

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A SHEFFIELD party venue where a man was stabbed to death at a New Year party has regained its licence.

Owners of the Stars and Mayfair Function Suites, on Queens Road, appealed to magistrates against a Sheffield Council decision to revoke the licence.

The decision came after police raised concerns about an event during which Joshua Green, aged 27, was murdered.

Councillors were told of five incidents when police were called to the venue in the months before the death on January 1 this year.

Bosses of the premises said there had been no previous serious incidents in the venue’s 15-year history. Now the licence has been reinstated after a preliminary appeal hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

A statement by Stars and Mayfair said: “At an appeal hearing at Sheffield Magistrates Court, the premises licence was reinstated in full, subject to a number of minor conditions being added to the licence. An agreement was reached with licensing authority whereby a full appeal hearing would be vacated in favour of a consent order between the parties. ”

The venue estimates it lost £70,000 in six weeks.

When the licence was revoked by Sheffield Council’s licensing board in February, licensee Nigel Thompson said: “The decision is deeply disproportionate - we have operated trouble-free for 15 years and had only two incidents in the latter part of 2011.”

Police Supt Martin Hemingway said there ‘wasn’t a huge amount of co-operation’ between management and police on the night of the murder.

■ Det Supt Andy Thompson said: “The investigation team has spoken to numerous people but many others have not come forward.”

He asked anyone who was at the party or has information to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 516 of Sunday, January 1, or call the incident room: 0114 2963159 or Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111.