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South Yorkshire Police has highest number of Special Constables

South Yorkshire Police has recruited the highest percentage of Special Constables in England and Wales over a 12-month period.

443 officers are currently working across the county - the highest number in the country.Special Constables are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers.

Figures collated from forces across England and Wales show that between March 2013 and March 2014, South Yorkshire Police employed 104 new Specials, the highest number recorded across all 43 force areas and an increase of 34%.

Special Constables are an invaluable resource to policing and we continue to accept applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and age groups.

We want our Special Constabulary to reflect the communities we serve and I am thrilled so many women are giving up their time to assist in the policing of South Yorkshire.

This year alone, the Specials have contributed 160,000 hours of policing to our region, which is phenomenal and an additional contribution of £2.5million worth of policing.

– Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary Stephen Merrett, South Yorkshire Police


Pupils at Doncaster's School for the Deaf perform Christmas carols

At this time of the year you'll probably hear people singing a lot of Christmas carols. But imagine if you want to join in the fun but can't hear the music. That's not stopped youngsters from Doncaster's School for the Deaf from performing festive tunes. After appearing at the town's Frenchgate Centre, they put on a very special performance for Calendar.

Hundreds turn out to remember the Conisborough crash victims'

Hundreds of people turned out today to support a charity football match in memory of the five Doncaster teenagers who died in a car crash last month. Money raised from the event at Armthorpe will be used to create a lasting memorial at Doncaster's Townfields.

In his report David Hirst talks to Les and Helen Cairns, the parents of Blake who was 16 when he died, and Hugh Rankine, the charity match organiser.

Stun-gun robber sentenced to five years in prison over £10

A 19-year-old from Doncaster has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery of £10 armed with a stun gun.

Macauley Davies Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Macauley Davies of Hunt Lane, Bentley, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday to stand trial, however changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced immediately.

On Monday, 4 August Davies started talking to a 21 and 24-year-old man outside a pub on Scot Lane in the town centre.

He walked with the pair down the road, then as they approached an alleyway just off Scot Lane, he threatened them and demanded they hand money over to him.

The 21-year-old handed over the £10 and Davies left the scene and went back towards the pub.


Man jailed for stealing from children's hospice

Richard Shepherd Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A Doncaster man has been jailed after pleading guilty to stealing from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham.

Richard Shepherd, 26, pleaded guilty to theft by employee at an earlier hearing.

At Sheffield Crown Court today he was sentenced to one year in prison and a further 12 months on license.

A police investigation was launched after staff at Bluebell Wood contacted police with their suspicions about Shepherd in July 2013. One member of staff reported observing Shepherd, employed as a finance assistant, counting large piles of money, which was outside of normal procedure.

The hospice installed covert cameras, which captured Shepherd putting bundles of money in his pockets before leaving the office.

Officers discovered that Shepherd had been paying significant sums of money into his bank account between December 2012 and July 2013. Financial investigation of the hospice’s donations log showed a deficit of just over £20,000 during that period.

Shepherd’s actions are deplorable and I am pleased he has now admitted his guilt.

To steal donated money from a charitable organisation, especially one that provides essential care and support for terminally ill children and their families, is despicable.

The money he stole allowed Shepherd to fund a lifestyle far above that afforded by his legitimate income.

We are grateful to Bluebell Wood for their support and patience through what has been a long investigation and I hope that the conclusion of proceedings today shows that justice has been done.

– PC Angela Harwick, South Yorkshire Police

Four charged over death of Doncaster man

Four men have been charged in connection with the death of 26-year-old man in Doncaster.

Adam Szurgocinski was found at a house in Jubilee Road on 14th September Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Rafal Palinski, 29, of Fenland Road, Thorne, Pawel Wegorzewski, 20, of Jubilee Road, and Jaroslaw Owczarczyk, 32, of Raby Road, Doncaster, have been charged with murder of 26 year old Adam Szurgocinski and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Dariusz Bogusz, 32, of Jubilee Road, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

All four men will appear before Doncaster Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Mr Szurgocinski was found at an address in Jubilee Road at 9.20am on Sunday 14 September, suffering from a serious neck injury. He was taken to hospital where he later died.

Two other men have also been charged in connection with the death of Mr Szurgocinski.

Sebastian Gurski, 30, of Ramsden Road in Hexthorpe, and Mateusz Halabura, 25, from Doncaster, were both charged with murder and appeared in court earlier this year.

They have been remanded in custody to appear in court at a later date.,

Rail engineers to strike over pay dispute

Scores of RMT rail engineering staff working for Wabtec at the Doncaster rail works will strike for five days next week in a fight over pay and conditions.

Following a massive “yes” vote for action the union’s Executive Committee has instructed members to strike from 00.01 hours on Monday December 15 and 23.59 hours on Friday December 19.

“RMT members at Wabtec do essential work and at the very least they should expect is a pay rise that reflects their commitment to the company.

" After all, it is the staff that generate the company profits for this large American engineering outfit. “The Doncaster engineering works is part of the history and fabric of the railways in Britain and the engineers working on the site play a crucial role in keeping our trains rolling.

"Their massive vote for action in this fight for workplace justice is a reflection of the anger on the shop floor.

“RMT remains available for talks and we are in no doubt that the determination of our members will remain rock solid as they battle for a fair deal.”

– Mick Cash , GMT General Secretary

Police appeal for man in distinctive jacket to come forward

Images of a man who could have vital information about an assault on a man in Doncaster on Monday December 8 have been released by police.

A 23-year-old man was seriously assaulted near to Tesco, between North Bridge and Church View, at around midday.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to over assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police
CCTV image of man police want to speak to over assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Distinctive jacket worn by man police want to speak to over assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police believe the man in the images may be able to help with their enquiries. He wore a distinctive Adidas jacket, which police believe has the words ‘Dark Side Imperials’ emblazoned on the back and the letters D and S on the front.

The victim was reportedly involved in an altercation with at least two other men. He remains in hospital in a critical condition.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody.

Do you recognise the man? Or perhaps you witnessed the assault?

Anyone with any information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 338 of 8 December 2014.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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