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Four arrested over two nights of trouble in Rotherham

Four people have been arrested following two nights of disturbance in the Thurcroft area of Rotherham.

Police called to the Ivanhoe Road area last night found a group of around 50 people. They arrested four, aged between 15 and 35 for breach of the peace.

It was the second night police were called to a disturbance there - and believed to be connected to reports of a seious sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl earlier in the weekl. A 21-year-old man has been arrested for that incident and the investigation continues.

Rotherham braced for protests

South Yorkshire Police say extra officers are on duty in advance of a demonstration by the English Defence League (EDL) in Rotherham today.

Up to 100 members of the EDL will protest on Main Street between 1.45pm and 2.45pm, with United Against Fascism (UAF) expecting to hold a counter protest.

The UAF protest is anticipated to be on a different part of Main Street at a similar time.

Police say Rotherham town centre will be open as usual and there are no planned road closures.

Sixty, additional South Yorkshire Police officers will be on duty to ensure a peaceful protest and to keep people and property safe.

Officers have called on everyone involved in the event to behave appropriately and respect the right of other people to go about their daily lives with a minimum of disruption.

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Guilty verdict in corporate manslaughter case

A Rotherham waste management company has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after the death of a man at the plant three years ago. Michael Whinfrey was killed in January 2011 in an explosion at the Sterecycle plant that blew a hole in the factory wall . The blast also seriously injured a colleague. An investigation by South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive found the explosion resulted from the failure of a screw connection to a locking ring. The incident was described by police as " inexcusable neglect," by the company

On the 11th of January 2011, my partner of 28-years Michael Whinfrey went to work never to return. Michael, a father to our three children, was a hard working man who loved and cared for all his family and friends. Since this day, there has been a huge hole in all our lives. I have had to cope on a daily basis of not knowing or understanding what actually happened to Michael on the 11th January 2011. With this guilty verdict now in, I know that through the negligence and incompetence of Sterecycle the company, Michael, through no fault of his own, was unlawfully killed. I wish to thank South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive for carrying out a thorough investigation into this matter and also the CPS for continuing with the prosecution even though the company had entered administration.

– Margaret Crofts, Michael Whinfrey's partner

I am pleased with the verdict reached today as it recognises the systemic failings of a company who had a duty of care to its employees. The company was aware of a longstanding issue with the autoclave doors and made no effort to repair the problem properly, putting the lives of their employees at risk.

– Detective Sergeant Rob Platts, South Yorkshire Police

PCC promises touch action on any officers who ignored child abuse

On his first day at work South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner has promised tough action to deal with any officer who turned a blind eye to child sexual exploitation.

Dr Alan Billings who was elected on Friday says his first job will be to re-build the reputation of the force. Fourteen officers are already under investigation after a report into the scale of child abuse in Rotherham.

David Hirst reports:

New PCC hopes to restore reputation of South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner Dr. Alan Billings arrived for work in Barnsley today - to take up a role he believes should be scrapped.

South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner Dr. Alan Billings arrived for work in Barnsley today - to take up a role he believes should be scrapped.

He will be briefed during about what his tasks entail, before taking the oath of office at around 2 o' clock this afternoon.

Tomorrow, he is due to meet South Yorkshire's Chief Constable David Crompton. Labour's Dr Billings was declared the new PCC on Friday, but on a turnout of less than 15 per cent.

He says there is a lot of work to be done to help restore the reputation of South Yorkshire Police following the Jay Report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and other high-profile controversies including Hillsborough, Orgreave and the recent raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard.

He told David Hirst his main aim is to restore the reputation of South Yorkshire Police:

South Yorkshire PCC begins first day on the job

South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings will be officially sworn in later.

The previous PCC, Shaun Wright, stepped down following pressure over the Rotherham abuse scandal.

Dr Billings will also have his first official meeting with the county's Chief Constable David Crompton who he says he thinks he can work with:

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Cooper calls for PCC to be scrapped.

South Yorkshire has a new Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour's Doctor Alan Billings who was elected after a month long campaign, which followed the resignation of Shaun Wright.

He stood down after a report revealed the scale of child exploitation in Rotherham - at a time when Mr Wright was in charge of Children's Services.

Labour beat UKIP into second place by more than twenty seven thousand votes, with the conservatives in third place ahead of the English Democrats.

But Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper while welcolming Dr Billings' victory said the posts of PCC should be scrapped.

New PCC in favour of scrapping post

South Yorkshire has a new Police and Crime Commissioner tonight, but just moments after the result was announced the winner said he thought the post should be scrapped.

Labour's Doctor Alan Billings was elected after a month long campaign, which followed the resignation of Shaun Wright. He stood down after a report revealed the scale of child exploitation in Rotherham - at a time when he was in charge of Children's Services.

Labour beat UKIP into second place by more than twenty seven thousand votes, with the conservatives in third place ahead of the English Democrats. David Hirst reports:

PCC: 'I think I can work with' South Yorkshire Police Chief

South Yorkshire's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner says he thinks he can work with the force's Chief Constable David Crompton.

Dr Alan Billings, the Labour party candidate, won the election with just over 50 per cent of the vote. Turn out was 14.88 per cent.

He told Duncan Wood he believes Crompton was "determined" to improve the force:

South Yorkshire PCC: Public has faith in role

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire says the public still has faith in the role.

Although Dr Alan Billing's Labour Party have pledged to abolish the role if they are elected into government in 2015, he says the public must have a way to hold the police to account:

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