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Missing teen may be in Rotherham

Police believe a teenager missing from Northumberland may be in Rotherham.

15-year-old Zac Wardle Credit: Northumbria Police

Zac Wardle, who is 15-years-old, was last seen in Netherton Park in Stannington in Morpeth on Friday July 24. He is described as 5ft 10ins tall slim, with blonde spikey hair. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a black Nike tracksuit top and bottons and black/orange Nike trainers.

Police believe he has links to South Yorkshire particularly in the Rotherham area.

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14-year-old Olympic gold winner on her tough start to life

Olympic medals are hard to come by, but even harder when you're just 14-years-old.

Carken Callaghan and her GB Inline Skating Team triumphed in California at the Junior Olympics where the sport - like ice hockey without the ice - is huge.

But Caren's story is even more remarkable given her start in life which saw her move into foster care when she was just ten years old. Martin Fisher went to see her training in Rotherham.

RAF veteran's ashes to move to permanent memorial

An RAF veteran who died, leaving no family and few friends behind, will have his ashes placed in their final resting place today.

Hundreds of people turned out for George Thompson's funeral

Hundreds of strangers turned out for George Thompson's funeral in July of last year, after an appeal by the Royal Air Force Association.

George, who died aged 96, will have his ashes be placed at a permanent memorial, after fundraising efforts by the RAF Association Rotherham Branch.

Lord Scriven calls on South Yorkshire police chief to resign

Lord Scriven, the former leader of Sheffield City Council, has called on the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton to resign over the latest child sexual abuse revelations.

Scriven told ITV Calendar that police on the ground are not doing enough to keep children out of harm or "at least keep them in a safe place".

I've taken the view enough is enough. I said about a year ago that jury was out on the senior management team at South Yorkshire Police, including the Chief Constable. I've now come to the view, reluctantly that it needs to happen and the Chief Constable needs to go. It's quite clear that those at the top are talking a good talk but when independent people go in it shows that on the ground young people are not being believed, reporting is hap hazardous at best and that actually in quite vulnerable situations where children are at risk that the police on the ground are not taking the type of action to take those children out of harm or at least keep them in a safe place so the chief constable has to go.

– Lord Scriven

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South Yorkshire Police: There is more that we can do

South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee says there is more the force can do to address the failings highlighted in today's HMIC report.

The force watchdog said the force had made improvements over the past year, but changes weren't being implemented quickly enough.

Of the 28 cases assessed in the report:

2
Good
19
Require Improvement
7
Inadequate

PCC: Report paints 'mixed picture' of South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says today's HMIC report paints a "mixed picture" of the force.

Dr Alan Billings

The report says South Yorkshire Police has improved in some areas but still needs "major improvements" to child protection practices.

This report paints a mixed picture. This should not surprise us because it comes at a particular moment in time. The initial inspection was in May last year. But it was overtaken by the Jay report which came out in August. That changed everything. For the first time the full extent of child sexual exploitation was revealed. Since then South Yorkshire Police have had to look at every area of their practice, past and present.

The report shows the force where they have made progress but more particularly where improvements still have to be made. Part of my task will be to ensure that what is recommended is implemented.

– Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire PCC

Ten arrested after protest march in Rotherham

Ten people have been arrested today following a march of around 150 people in Rotherham town centre.

The arrests include a range of offences including breach of the peace, drunk and disorderly and possession with intent to supply class B drugs. They are all in police custody.

It has been another challenging day for Rotherham and a challenging day for all of the officers involved. We are acutely aware of the impact such marches have on the residents of Rotherham. Whilst we will respect everyone’s right to a peaceful protest, today demonstrates that when that protest stops being peaceful and moves into criminal activity we will take the necessary action.

– Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin
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