UPDATE: City centre bar closed following incident this morning

Crystal bar on Carver Street, Sheffield has been issued with a 24-hour closure notice following an incident  inside the premises at around 2.30am this morning (Monday 1 January).

Five men were injured during the altercation, two of which remain in hospital where they are in a critical but stable condition.

Sheffield Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley said: “The closure order has been authorised as a result of this morning’s altercation.

“We have reviewed the incident and surrounding circumstances and we believe that to protect the public, the closure order is necessary.

“The use of senseless violence in one of our city centre licensed venues is something that will not be tolerated.

“We will work tirelessly to catch those responsible and South Yorkshire Police is determined to ensure these issues are proactively and effectively tackled.”

The investigation is ongoing and officers are reviewing CCTV and making local enquiries. Additional patrols will be in the city centre tonight.

Crystal is the second bar in a just over a week to be issued with a closure order. As well as an increase in patrols, South Yorkshire Police has carried out a knife surrender, used Section 60 powers to stop and search anyone believed to be carrying an offensive weapon in the city centre and extended the knife crime campaign in a bid to raise awareness and reduce crime.

 “I can reassure members of the public that their safety is our priority and this remains at the forefront of all the work that we do,” added Chf Supt Morley.

The bar will remain closed for 24-hours until a hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Tuesday 2 January.