Sheffield troubled pub could lose licence

The Parson Cross Hotel on Deerlands Avenue could be shut down following a review of its licence next week.
The Parson Cross Hotel on Deerlands Avenue could be shut down following a review of its licence next week.

A troubled pub could be stripped of its alcohol licence after months of problems with underage drinking, drugs and violence.

The Parson Cross Hotel on Deerlands Avenue in Parson Cross, Sheffield, could be forced to close because of repeated concerns about the way it is managed.

A review by Sheffield Council’s licensing committee last August resulted in the pub, which is owned by licence holder Mohammed Shabere, being closed for three months - with strict conditions about how the pub was to operate when it reopened.

Conditions included not allowing anyone under 18 on to the premises at any time, and the ‘Challenge 25’ scheme for young-looking customers being enforced.

There was also to be no alcohol consumed outside the pub, and no tables and chairs to be left outside - where a car-washing business is operated.

It was also a requirement that on Sheffield Wednesday home match days, pool cues and balls would be locked away, and SIA registered door staff would be on every entrance while the pub was open.

However, since the pub reopened in November, South Yorkshire Police have noted numerous breaches of the conditions - and have now asked the council to review the licence again for the prevention of crime and disorder, as well as protecting children from harm.

A report submitted to the licensing committee from South Yorkshire Police described how, on Saturday, January 12, this year, police in an unmarked car saw around 40 Sheffield Wednesday supporters carrying crates of beer leaving The Parson Cross Hotel and boarding a coach to Hull. Several members of the group were later refused access to the match in Hull for being drunk, while others were arrested for public disorder and criminal damage during and after the match.

The police report indicated many of the group were youths - and some had football banning orders.

Since the pub reopened police have also been called to reports that men with guns went in and smashed a customer’s car windows, as well as reports of anti-social behaviour and youths dealing drugs inside.

Regular spot-checks by officers have also found that other licence conditions, including having CCTV in use and keeping a refusal log, have also been breached.

Next Tuesday the committee will decide whether to modify the licence, suspend it, or revoke it.

Elizabeth Payne, from the South Yorkshire Police Licensing Team, said: “South Yorkshire Police, along with other responsible authorities, have tried further engagement with Mr Shabere since August, offering support and advice.

“However, it is clear Mr Shabere has not placed enough significance on the advice given, and does not appear to be taking his responsibilities as premise licence holder seriously.”

The licensing sub-committee will meet at Sheffield Town Hall next Tuesday, April 30, at 10am.