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Sheffield children's playgrounds to become smoke-free zones

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Sheffield City Council will launch its smoke-free playground policy across 152 children's playgrounds across the city today.

Signage which has been developed in collaboration with Sheffield schoolchildren will be clearly displayed at entrances to all playgrounds to inform people about the new policy.

The Council wants to change social norms around smoking and reduce the number of children who start smoking each year in the city.

The policy comes as a result of a consultation with 1500 local people including smokers, non-smokers, parents, non-parents and e-cigarette users.

Parents and children will be encouraged to pledge their support to keep playgrounds smoke free at the launch event.

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Calls for reforms of benefit assessments

There are calls to reform the way benefit assessments are carried out, after claims that some conditions are being unfairly overlooked.

The ME Association has told Calendar that it has has seen a rise in the number of calls it is getting from people with the illness, who have been turned down for financial help because they hadn't displayed their symptoms on the day they were assessed.

Katie Oscroft has met woman from Leeds who suffers from chronic fatigue and who says she's been refused benefits because assessors don't understand her illness.

Bailey Matthews completes his latest triathlon

It's congratulations to Doncaster's Bailey Matthews who completed his latest triathlon yesterday at his very own event. Bailey, who has cerebral palsy, staged a shortened version of the triathlon in Derby that ran alongside an event hosted by formula one star Jenson Button.

He completed all the stages in just over half an hour - this time crossing the line without taking the now famous tumbles that made him an internet sensation almost a year ago. Here he is in action.

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Five injured in helicopter crash

Five people have been seriously injured after a helicopter crashed at Breighton Airfield near Selby this evening.

The emergency services were called to the former RAF base just after 6pm following reports that a helicopter had crashed.

Two people were taken by air ambulance to hospital - one to Leeds General Infirmary and the other to Hull Royal Infirmary.

The three other injured people were taken to hospital by ambulance. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening .

The Air Accident Investigation Branch will be leading the investigation to establish what caused the crash.

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