Police raid popular Yorkshire bar and fine 13 people for illegal coronavirus lock-in

A total of 13 people have been fined for taking part in an illegal gathering at a popular Sheffield bar following a police raid in which a substantial amount of drugs were also uncovered.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police raided a shisha bar on the Wicker in Sheffield, following reports of a breach of Covid-19 regulations late on Friday evening.

A total of 13 people were found inside the bar and each were given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for £200 for breaching coronavirus laws by having an unlawful gathering.

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The proprietors of the bar, who were handed a £2,000 fine back in November for a similar breach, were issued a £4000 fine for operating a business in breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police raided a shisha bar on the Wicker in Sheffied, following reports of a breach of Covid-19 regulations late on Friday evening.

A total of 35 shisha pipes were also seized as well as between 100 to 150 cannabis plants.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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“Then, as now, we worked in partnership with the local authority and environmental health colleagues to visit the premises and take action. It is incredibly disappointing that the premises has once more been found to be in breach of regulations that are in place to protect and save lives.

“We know that for the general public and the vast majority of our communities who have made considerable sacrifice to abide by the rules, instances like this cause a lot of frustration. I hope the public are reassured by the swift action taken to address these breaches – we take this incredibly seriously.

“These restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of this virus and save lives. To disregard this and put peoples’ lives at risk is unacceptable.”