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Millers to appeal against points deduction

Rotherham United say they will appeal against a decision by the Football League to deduct three points from them for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United FC are very disappointed by the decision to deduct 3 points for fielding a player who was ineligible purely because of an administrative error. It is our view that true sports fans want to see competitions settled on the pitch and not to have them affected by what happens in disciplinary proceedings. We await the reasoned judgement of the FDC and once we have received it we will issue our appeal after discussion with Jim Sturman QC. In the meantime we are confident that our team possesses the will and spirit to ensure that the points deduction is academic by securing our Championship status on the pitch. It would not be appropriate to make any further comment on this matter until after the appeal process has been concluded.

– Rotherham United official statement

Three points deduction for Rotherham for fielding ineligible player

Rotherham will be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton on April 6, the Football League has announced.

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The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League after they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

It plunges Steve Evans' side deep into the Sky Bet Championship relegation mire as they are now just a point above Millwall who occupy the final spot in the bottom three and two better off than second-bottom Wigan.

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Officers seek to trace mystery 999 call after death of man in Rotherham

Police investigating the death of a man in Rotherham are looking to trace a mystery 999 call.

Officers discovered the body of a man at a house on Cavendish Road. How he died is not yet known.

Detectives say they received a call from an anonymous man who they believe use a phone box near College Road in Masbrough to call them.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Dog walker assaulted in Rotherham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog walker was assaulted in the Thurcroft area of Rotherham yesterday.

The 52-year-old woman was walking her dog along the Mineral Line pathway near to the former pit site in Thurcroft at 11am, when an unknown man approached her from behind.

The man is alleged to have assaulted the woman, who felt two blows to her back. The woman managed to kick out at the suspect, pulling him to the ground.

The man is then believed to have run away in the direction of the bridge that crosses over Steadfolds Lane.

The woman was taken to hospital to receive treatment for her injuries, which were discovered to be stab wounds that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police say the man is described as being around 5ft 11ins tall, in his late 20s to early 30s, of skinny build with a scruffy appearance. He is described as being olive-skinned with short dark brown hair and stubble.

He is reported to have been wearing a light blue football shirt with a white band or motif across the chest, with grey scruffy jogging pants, white socks and black trainers.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Woman jailed for stealing from 'vulnerable' victims

A woman who stole a vacuum cleaner and mobile phone from known victims has been jailed for 34 weeks and fined £680.

Jodie Johnson, 25, admitted two counts of theft from a dwelling at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

The court heard that on Friday 10 April, Johnson visited the home of a friend’s mother – a 79-year-old woman. Johnson, along with another man, knocked on the door and entered the home of the victim who was in bed at the time.

While the victim’s son was upstairs, Johnson and the man were seen leaving the property with a £300 vacuum cleaner. On Wednesday 15 April, Johnson visited a friend to ask for help unblocking her phone.

He agreed and Johnson stayed at the address for a couple of hours chatting to him as he attempted to fix her phone. When the man said that he could not help, Johnson picked up her friend’s £100 phone and ran out of the property.

Officers arrested Johnson on Manor Road in Maltby the following day. She pleaded guilty at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17 April and was sentenced to 34 weeks in prison.

We believe that Johnson was desperate for cash to fund her drug addiction and she chose her victims because of their vulnerability.

– Investigating officer Sgt Pete Longthorne

Rotherham Council under fire after £850 a day PR spend over abuse scandal

Rotherham Council is under fire once again tonight after it emerged the authority has hired a public relations expert at a cost of £850 a day to deal with the aftermath of the town's child abuse scandal

The solicitor dealing with victims of the abuse says the cost is unecessary especially since the council already spends more than £700,000 on communication workers. The PR consultant was hired last November and his contract ends next month. David Hirst reports.

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Six arrested in connection with crowd trouble at Rotherham match

Six people have been arrested in connection with the disorder at the Rotherham United and Millwall FC game earlier this year.

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A 43-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy from Rotherham were arrested on Wednesday 15 April on suspicion of violent disorder.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

On Thursday 16 April, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service made a number of arrests in the London area.

Four men, aged between 16 and 47-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The arrests are in connection with a match between Rotherham United and Millwall FC at the New York Stadium in February.

After Rotherham scored in the 85th minute of the game, a number of supporters attempted to gain access to supporters in other parts of the ground.

Several stewards were reportedly attacked, leading to additional police resources being deployed to restore order.

As fans left the ground, there was further disorder. A number of stewards and police officers sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Police issue e-fit after knifepoint robbery

Police in Rotherham have released an e-fit following an alleged knifepoint robbery in Swallownest.

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Three men were who were sat in a car in Wharton Avenue, Swallownest, at around 8pm on Monday 23 March reported the incident.

It is alleged that they were approached by an unknown man, who opened the car door and threatened the men with a hunting knife, before stealing their mobile phones and running off in the direction of the junction of Aughton Lane.

The unknown man is described as mixed race, aged between 18 and 29-years-old. He was believed to be around 5ft 8ins tall of medium build with a scruffy stubble beard.

He was thought to be wearing a black hooded puffa jacket and a black beanie hat.

South Yorkshire Police dealing with 193 child sexual abuse investigations

Detectives in South Yorkshire are dealing with 193 live investigations into child sexual exploitation.

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Latest figures show there are 57 cases under investigation in Doncaster, 50 in Rotherham, 48 in Sheffield and 38 in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police also say that between April 2014 and March this year there were 276 offences recorded by the force - 79 in Doncaster, 73 in Sheffield , 72 in Rotherham and 52 in Barnsley.

Of the 276 offences 71 have led to suspects being charged, cautioned or summoned to court - 21 in Doncaster, 19 in Sheffield, 17 in Barnsley and 14 in Rotherham.

The force has also said that over the last 12 months it has been contacted 743 times by people with concerns about child abuse.

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