Magistrates have closed a Sheffield bar for another week following a night of 'senseless violence' where six Birmingham men were knifed.

Sheffield Magistrates yesterday (Tuesday, January 9) made the decision to extend the closure order against Crystal bar - allowing South Yorkshire Police more time to carry out their investigations.

On New Year's Eve, two men were rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and a further four were left with stab or slash wounds following a 'gang-related' altercation on the bar's third floor.

The six men - all from the Birmingham area had been involved in the violence at the House of Hugo cocktail bar on Carver Street at around 2.20am on January, 1 this year.



Representing South Yorkshire Police at the court hearing on Tuesday, James Kettering said: "We're very close to reaching an agreement with Crystal, but haven't reached that point yet."

He added: "If that is not possible we will call on the local authority for assistance."
Crystal bar on Carver Street


Sheffield District Commander, Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley, confirmed last week that police believe the altercation to be 'gang-related,' based on the evidence collected by detectives so far.

Describing the brawl to magistrates, Mr Kettering added: "There's the possibility of a knife being used. It appears that glassware was also used."



Christopher Grunert, representing Crystal, told the Sheffield Star the bar would not be opposing the request to extend the closure notice.

"These are unprecedented circumstances which require unprecedented action," said Mr Grunert.

He added: "We intend to work with the police to come to an agreement."

South Yorkshire Police initially said that there were five victims but have now revealed that there were six men either stabbed or slashed 'as a result of an altercation believed to have taken place at the top of a flight of stairs'.

Two of the men, aged 22 and 20, were left fighting for life after the attack and remain in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

No arrests have been made in connection with the brawl, a police spokesman confirmed yesterday.

Chf Supt Morley last week added: "Incidents like this will not be tolerated and we will leave no stone unturned until we identify and arrest those responsible.

"We have proactive and enforcement operations in place to address this issue and those individuals who carry knives."