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Bar hits back at ‘time-waster’ who called police over social distancing

Written by on 04/10/2020

An iconic Sheffield club has hit back after a resident called the police and accused them of failing to make sure queues were socially distanced last night.

The Leadmill, in Leadmill Road, issued a statement on Twitter and asked the caller not to “kick an industry that is already on its knees”.

The post said: “To whoever called the police saying our queue of a handful of people weren’t socially distanced despite being 2m apart in clearly marked areas.

“Maybe try not wasting valuable police time and kicking an industry that is already on its knees”.

South Yorkshire Police’s Detective Superintendent Martin Tate responded to the tweet with words of support for the Leadmill and to ensure staff were happy with how the police handled the complaint.

“Sheffield Police consider The Leadmill to be an integral part of the city’s history and future and work together under the legislation,” he said.

He added: “Were you happy with the police response? A common sense discussion with our weekend public order response team?”

The Leadmill responded to say that the officer they dealt with was “lovely” and that she had been happy with how the club were operating.

Det Supt Tate said: “Good. You’ve got our support to navigate through difficult times. The Leadmill is a Sheffield institution and we will work together to keep everyone safe.”

The post was met with widespread support from others too.

“Just plain jealous, mean, time-wasting individuals who behave like that wasting Police time,” one person commented.

Another said: “Up the Leadmill. Looks very social distanced from the Instagram posts!”