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Sheffield pub loses licence after drinkers hid in cupboards during lockdwon

A pub has lost its licence after police found drinkers hiding in cupboards during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Pitsmoor Hotel in Sheffield was raided by police on 24 April, after reports it was still serving customers. The Staffordshire Arms also had its licence removed too, the decision was made at the council's licensing committee meeting on Tuesday.

In March, the government demanded that pubs, restaurants and other businesses must close due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak . The legislation said owners could be given a prohibition notice and fined if they opened their establishments.

Furthermore, If they broke the prohibition notice then magistrates could impose potentially unlimited fines.

The Pitsmoor Hotel was forced to shut after the raid in April, with South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council issuing the pub with a prohibition order.

But when police returned the next day, following concerns from the public it was still serving customers, officers found people were on the roof "to make it look like no-one was inside", a report to the council licensing committee said.

The licence holder, Mr Greasby, had also been served a prohibition notice for The Staffordshire Arms in Burngreave,

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