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Magna evacuated as 40 firefighters tackle nearby blaze

The Magna science centre in Rotherham has been evacuated and an event this evening for 800 people has been cancelled after a large fire nearby.

Eight fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to the former Sterecycle plant on Sheffield Road at about 2 o'clock this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say the building was empty and no one has been hurt.

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Rotherham fire creates plume of smoke over town

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A cordon in place near to the scene of the fire Credit: Calendar

30 firefighters are tackling a large fire at the former waste processing site Sterecycle, in Rotherham. The fire service says no one has been hurt.

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Four more years in jail for victim threat burglar

A convicted burglar has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison after he was found guilty of sending threats to the victim of his crime.

Four more years for Ashley Keast

Ashley Keast, who's 26 ,was serving a 32 month prison sentence, after being found guilty in March this year of committing a burglary in Rotherham.

Keast was caught by police after he sent a selfie boasting of his crime, using a SIM card he had just stolen. This photo was received by a number of the victims contacts, who were then able to alert the police.

Keast has now been found guilty of threats to kill, witness intimidation and attempting to pervert the course of justice, after he organised for a threatening letter to be sent to the victim of the burglary. He was sentenced to an additional four years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court, to be completed after his original burglary conviction.

The judge described the crime as despicable, commenting that his actions have resulted in months of suffering for the victim.

PC Adam Broughton, investigating officer in the case, said: "Following the original conviction for burglary, the victim in this case felt that justice had been done. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the ordeal. The safety and wellbeing of any victim of crime is our main priority and this sentence reflects the seriousness of threats, intimidation and attempts by anyone to pervert the course of justice."

Helpline launched for Rotherham victims and survivors of sexual exploitation

A confidential helpline has been launched for the victims and survivors of sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

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Staffed by the NSPCC, the 24-hour support service is a single point of contact for people who have suffered abuse in the past, or those who may be being exploited now.

They can be contacted on:

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