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Steelworkers guests of honour at Rotherham United's game

Steelworkers facing uncertainty over their futures were guests of honour at Rotherham United's game against Blackburn Rovers today.

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The club showed its support for workers from Tata Steels plants both in the town and Stocksbridge by using its game against Blackburn Rovers to raise awareness amongst its supporters. A banner was paraded around the pitch ahead of the game.

Rotherham United to dedicate Saturday's match to steelworkers

Rotherham United say they will dedicate Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers in support of the workers at Tata Steel.

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The company recently confirmed that it was selling all of its assets, casting a shadow over thousands of steelworkers’ jobs across the UK, including those locally in Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

Despite receiving positive news that the government are willing to take 25% of the company, a buyer is still required to secure the long term future of the industry.

Rotherham United have invited workers from Rotherham to the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend to help maintain awareness of the situation.

At the game with Blackburn Rovers, we ask our fans to show support as workers from Tata Steel show a banner pre-match to highlight the current situation.

“We are extremely grateful for Rotherham United for inviting us to the AESSEAL New York Stadium for the game with Blackburn.”

“The steel industry employs thousands of people in Rotherham and the surrounding areas, and is absolutely crucial to the local economy.

“It is a really tough time for many families, not just in South Yorkshire, but across the UK, but the support we have received from the public has provided a much needed boost.

“Today is another example of people coming together to help others in a time of need. Many of Rotherham United’s supporters will come from a family or know a family connected to this crisis in the steel industry, so the support today is not only welcome but crucial in our fight to save jobs.”

– Chris Williamson, Branch Secretary of Community Union

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Duo jailed for prolonged attack on Rotherham man

A man and a woman who ‘tortured’ a vulnerable man in a brutal and prolonged attack have today (Friday 22 April) been sentenced to 25 years each behind bars for attempt murder and robbery.

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Paul Lyons, 47, and Toni Ackerman, 35, from Conisbrough, have been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court, charged with the attempted murder and robbery of a 55-year-old man in October last year.

Detectives investigating the incident have described it as ‘a vicious, targeted attack on a vulnerable and defenceless man.’

The victim was subjected to a prolonged ordeal where he was beaten, stabbed, and burnt with an iron.

The jury returned a guilty verdict today and Lyons and Ackerman were then sentenced to 25 years each for attempt murder. They each received 16 years for the robbery, to run alongside the 25 year sentence.

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'World's fastest car' to inspire next generation of engineers

One of the world's fastest cars, Bloodhound, is in Rotherham today as part of an initiative to encourage young people to get into engineering. The Get Up To Speed event is highlighting careers in technology and manufacturing.

Getting Bloodhound to the event is a real coup. It really is the ultimate demonstration of British engineering and technology and it's amazing to think that many of the parts for the car are designed and manufactured here in the Sheffield City Region.

We hope that the students and business people who see it will be inspired by what is a truly remarkable piece of engineering.

– John Barber, work-wise Foundation

Man and woman arrested in Sheffield after 5 car crash

A man and a woman have been arrested following a five car collision in the Hackenthorpe area of Sheffield.

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It happened on Dyke Vale Road at around 4.45am this morning when a silver Audi crashed into a parked car after a 25 minute police pursuit through Rotherham and Sheffield. A further three cars were also hit along with the police car.

No one was injured but officers remain at the scene where the road is closed to the junction of Silkstone Road.

The driver and passenger of the Audi have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and theft.

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