Nightclub becomes first in UK to BAN selfie sticks over 'health and safety'

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Selfie sticks banned: The Sugarmill nightclub in Stoke. (SWNS)

A nightclub has become the first in Britain to BAN selfie sticks - over health and safety fears.

The smartphone accessory was one many people’s Christmas lists last year, but has since been banned on nights out at the Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent.

It follows on from the gadget being banned from Premier League football grounds and leading concert venues like Wembley Arena, Brixton Academy and the O2 Arena.

The Sugarmill is the first nightspot to stop customers from using the sticks after seeing a surge in people bringing them along on nights out.

Bosses said they block views of the stage and are a danger to other clubbers, who could be injured by the sticks.

'It’s inconsiderate really. All of our customers pay the same price and their view or experience shouldn’t be spoilt by someone holding a selfie stick.

'Apart from walking sticks, we wouldn’t allow anyone else in the venue with a big stick because someone could get hurt and selfie sticks are no different.

'We just want to let people know that selfie sticks will be confiscated at the door from now on.'

The Sugarmill has now posted signs around the venue warning people of the ban, which has drawn mixed reactions from clubbers.

Selfie stick user Gina Brannigan, 21, of Stoke-on-Trent, said: 'I understand why they would want to ban selfie sticks.

'I don’t think it’s made for a crowded space and I don’t know why people would want to go on a night out with a selfie stick. It’s sad.

'I can see the appeal of them, it was a popular Christmas present this year and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to document something with a selfie.

'I will be using mine to get better photos when I go travelling so I don’t have to stop people and ask them to take a photograph of me, but I won’t be taking mine on a night out any time soon.'

Regular clubber Ella Townley, 23, from Stafford, added: 'I think it's a bit daft really. They are just plastic sticks, they are not going to harm anyone.

'How can a thin stick block people's views? We want to capture good photos of our nights out and selfie sticks are brilliant for this.’

Earlier this month top Premier League football teams Arsenal and Manchester United informed fans that selfie sticks are not allowed at matches.

Tottenham Hotspur later announced that the novelty gift would be confiscated by security staff.

The sticks have also been banned at leading concert venues across the UK .

A spokesperson for the O2 Arena said: 'The O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations.

'We welcome selfies, but please leave the stick at home.'

A Wembley Arena spokesperson added: 'The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue so our advice is don't bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm.'

Banned: Selfie sticks have since been banned from inside the Emirates Stadium (above) and other Premier League grounds. (Rex)