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Police investigate Rotherham hate crime assault

Police in Rotherham have launched a hate crime investigation after a man and a teenage boy were attacked outside a supermarket.

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The 20 year old man and 15 year old boy are said to have been verbally abused and assaulted outside the Asda supermarket in Aldwarke Lane, and were left with what police are calling 'minor head injuries'.

The attack took place around 11:30pm on Tuesday night, and police want to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident.


Two people charged with attempted murder

Police in Rotherham have charged two people with attempted murder after a 55-year-old man was seriously assaulted in Thurcroft.

Emergency services were called to a property in Katherine Road, Thurcroft, at around 9.45pm on Tuesday 27 October following reports a man had been found injured.

The 55-year-old was taken to hospital with multiple injuries and remains in a serious condition.

Woman raped at knife point in Rotherham

Police are hunting two masked men after a woman was raped at knife point in Maltby in Rotherham.

Investigation underway after woman is sexually assaulted at knife point in Rotherham

Two men wearing masks threatened the woman in her 20s, with a knife before one of the men carried out the attack. He is described as around 5ft 10ins, wearing a light coloured jumper, blue jeans, a black belt and white trainers.

The second man was wearing a black hooded top and blue jeans

We understand that this in an incredibly distressing incident and specialist officers are supporting the victim and her family.

I can reassure members of the public that a thorough investigation is underway including detailed forensic work, house to house enquiries and we are reviewing CCTV footage of the area.

– Detective Inspector Simon Palmer, South Yorkshire Police

The assault happened in Grange Lane on Wednesday October 28 around 6.40pm.

Police name Rotherham road collision victim

Police have named the victim of a fatal car accident in Rotherham as 30-year-old Sophie Emma Dawson from Wickersley.

Sophie Dawson died following an accident in Rotherham Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Sophie died following an accident in which her black Citroen C1 collided with a black Kia Rio which was travelling in the opposite direction on Kilnhurst Road, Rotherham, earlier this week.

Miss Dawson was airlifted to the Northern General Hospital but died from her injuries.

An 18-year-old man who was driving the Kia suffered minor injuries in the incident.

78-year-old woman robbed in Rotherham

Police are appealing for information after a 78-year-old woman was robbed in Ravenfield, Rotherham.

At around 1pm on Tuesday 27 October, the woman was walking along Stone Close when she was approached from behind by an unknown man.

The man is alleged to have grabbed the woman's bag, knocking her to the ground.

She was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries to her leg and face.

The man is described as being white, between 20 and 25-years-old, wearing dark trousers and a light grey top.


Rotherham Muslim organisations end police boycott

The Rotherham Muslim Community Alliance has decided to end its boycott of South Yorkshire Police - Just days after voting to end their association the force.

Far-right protests have taken place regularly in Rotherham since the Jaye report was released last year Credit: PA

The group were unhappy with the way they were treated by the force and the way they handled far-right protests in the town.

I am pleased to announce the end of the boycott in terms of engagement with South Yorkshire Police within Rotherham. The boycott was led by the Rotherham Muslim Community Forum Alliance along with other organisations and was due to feelings of heightened community tensions and disengagement from the Muslim community in Rotherham by South Yorkshire Police. This was a desperate and drastic measure which was taken with full support from the local Muslim community.

– Muhbeen Hussain, Founder & Director of the British Muslim Youth

South Yorkshire Police acknowledge that hate crimes are increasing in Rotherham. However, when I speak to my constituents they are not even reporting the crimes they endure and they don’t believe the police take them seriously. I am optimistic that there is now an opportunity to start a positive and productive working relationship between the Rotherham Muslim community, South Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle this vile crime head on. It is completely unacceptable that my constituents, many of whom are third generation Rotherham, are too scared to go into town because of the abuse they face because they are a British Muslim. No one should feel a hostage in their own home because of their faith or ethnicity.

– Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham

“I am pleased that the Rotherham Muslim Community Alliance have called off their boycott of engagement with South Yorkshire Police and accepted an invitation to work together to improve community cohesion within the town. I will personally be scrutinising the policing tactics used during the demonstration on 5 September and I will be looking to establish a panel, involving community groups, to consider how future demonstrations are policed.”

– Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Rotherham heroin smuggler sentenced to 20 years

A drug smuggler who went on the run and was convicted in his absence has been given a 20 year prison sentence after being found with £1.8m of heroin.

David Birks went on the run after being found with the drug Credit: South Yorkshire Police

42-year-old David Birks, was arrested at his home address in Dale Street, Rotherham by officers in connection with a consignment of heroin seized in Dover.

It had been discovered when Border Force officers searched a rented flatbed truck and found a holdall contained tape-wrapped packages heroin under a seat in the cab.

The drugs, if cut and sold in the UK, would have had a combined likely potential street value of £1.8 million.

NCA investigators were able to show that Birks had driven out to Belgium on the same day as the truck.

He met the driver, a Lithuanian national, near Turnhout in Belgium, loaded the drugs into the cab in a black holdall, and then returned to the UK separately.

Following his arrest Birks was charged with importing a class A drug, but prior to the start of his trial he absconded.

He was tried and found guilty in his absence by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court last Friday.

At the same court today he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Rotherham MP meets Muslim groups over police boycott

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, has met with Muslim groups in the town after they announced that they would boycott South Yorkshire Police over the 'demonisation' of Muslims since the publication of the Jay report into child sexual exploitation.

Both parties tweeted that good progress had been made towards bringing an end to the boycott.

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