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John Heald arrested by police in Rotherham


John Heald was arrested at around 2.15pm in the Parkgate area. He's currently in custody. We'd like to thank the public for their support

South Yorkshire Police say a man has been arrested by officers investigating the murder of Bei Carter in Bridlington last week.

John Heald, 53, was arrested by officers from South Yorkshire Police at around 2.15pm today in the Parkgate area of Rotherham.

Rotherham man jailed for decades of abuse

A 44-year-old Rotherham man has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of sexual assaults on young girls dating back 20 years.

Lee Wayne Crutchley
Lee Wayne Crutchley Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Lee Wayne Crutchley, of Victoria Street in Dinnington, was convicted of 12 offences at Sheffield Crown Court following a trial.

Crutchley was found guilty of two counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault, two counts of assault by penetration, one count of buggery.

He was found not guilty of two offences of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 and two indecent assaults.

He had pleaded not guilty to all offences.

For more than 20 years Crutchley preyed on schoolgirls, taking advantage of their young age and innocence for his own gratification. In the case of some of these victims, the abuse went on for several years and I am glad that, now, they can see that justice has been served. The fact that Crutchley pleaded not guilty to these charges and made his victims endure the further trauma of a trial has undeniably forced these women to relive horrendous events which, in some cases, occurred as long as 24 years ago.

– Detective Constable Dave Wilson

Police were told that in 1990, when Crutchley was 21, he abused a 12-year-old girl, having sex with her in his car. He went on to abuse her for the next four years, during which time she became pregnant with his child but miscarried.

During the same time period, he also abused one of this victim’s school friends.

In 1996, he was working as a bouncer in Dinnington when he began abusing a 14-year-old girl.

He had sex with her at his flat and in woodland and fields around the local area.

On one occasion, she said, Crutchley asked her to lie to medical professionals and pretend that she was in a relationship with somebody the same age as herself.

Crutchley’s most recent abuse happened in 2012, in Dinnington.


Union says some cities left behind recovery

Hull, Bradford and Rotherham have missed out on the recovery seen in some cities through recent unemployment figures, according to the GMB union.

GMB say wages are lower than 2007
GMB say wages are lower than 2007 Credit: Press Association

They claim that gross domestic product (GDP) levels are 5.7 percent below those of 2007 and that average earnings are down 13.8 percent in the same period.

Read: Unemployment figures for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The GMB says Hull's employment rate is 11.6 per cent below the national average, while Bradford's is 7.4 per cent lower and Rotherham's is 6.6 per cent lower.

Maltby Colliery winding tower demolished

Local people-including some ex-miners-have gathered on the spoil heap overlooking the former Maltby Colliery site, near Rotherham, as they wait for the demolition of the pit's main winding tower.

The pit was closed in April last year and work's been going on since to make the 200 acre site safe.

The NUM say it is another sad day for the diminished mining industry

Fundraising campaign for memorial to 'forgotten' war veteran

A fundraising campaign has started for a memorial to the 'forgotten' war veteran honoured by hundreds of strangers at his funeral in South Yorkshire.

George Thompson, who died with no family at his funeral

Former RAF flyer George Thompson, who died at 96 with no family and few surviving friends, was given a hero's send-off in May after the Royal Air Force Association appealed for him to be given a fitting send-off.

Read: Funeral for war veteran who died with no living family


Five in court over firearms charges

Four men and one woman appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court today charged with firearms offences.

Natale Lala, 31, and Maria Lala, 29, both of Moorgate Road, Rotherham, David Webb, 29, and Robert Webb, 28, both of South Crescent, East Dene, and Simon Burrows, 35, of Woodside Court, Wickersley, appeared before magistrates charged with offences under the Firearms Act.

All five have been remanded into custody before their next appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 22 July.

This follows a number of searches in the Moorgate and East Dene areas of Rotherham.

Rapist jailed for five years

A Rotherham man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to rape.

Mark Philip Unwin
Mark Philip Unwin

Mark Philip Unwin, from Catcliffe, admitted one count of rape at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

The 36-year-old appeared at the same court today, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for the offence, which he committed on 28 May this year.

Pc Nicola Milner from South Yorkshire Police’s specialist rape investigation unit said: “I hope the fact that Unwin pleaded guilty brings some small shred of comfort to the victim in this case, as she was spared the further trauma of going through a Crown court trial.”

Man fighting for life in hospital after Rotherham crash

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after a crash in Rotherham. Two cars were travelling along Broom Lane towards Whiston Lane when near to the junction of Stag Lane, a driver of one of the cars, lost control and crashed into a lamp post.

Three people were taken to hospital including a 19-year-old man who was seriously injured. Two 20-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing serious injury and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Civil partnership couple can now set wedding date

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice can now marry

A couple who threatened legal action over delays to their wedding because they were already in a civil partnership, say they are delighted they can now set a date.

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice from Thurnscoe near Rotherham will be able to get married any time from December this year after the Government put new systems in place.

They had planned to get married last March but were told their civil partnership would have to be dissolved first and that would have meant losing the rights they had as civil partners.

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