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Police appeal after Rotherham attack

Police in Rotherham have issued an appeal for witnesses after a 16-year-old boy suffered facial injuries in an assault last month.

Between 4.30pm and 5pm on Sunday 24 April, it is reported that the 16-year-old was assaulted near to a convenience store in Hepworth Drive, Swallownest.

Officers understand that the 16-year-old was head-butted, causing injuries to his face.

A 19-year-old man was interviewed under caution in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.

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Sex abuse whistleblower Jayne Senior elected as Labour holds Rotherham

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Jayne Senior, the whistleblower who lifted the lid on the child sexual exploitation problem in Rotherham, has been elected as a Labour councillor in the borough.

The result continues Labour's dominance in Rotherham with the party strengthening its control with 24 new councillors.

Labour now has 48 seats with 14 for UKIP and just one Independent.

“It has been a tough fight for Labour in Rotherham and I am so pleased that the party has made gains. The party and the council has been doing a lot of work over the past couple of years to change and bring in new people. We have recognised past failings and tried to put them right and I think this election – in which every seat was up for grabs – show that voters recognise the effort that’s been made and they have put their trust in the local party once again. Our job now is to show that we are worthy of that and prove that things really have changed.

“I would like to welcome all the great new councillors that won seats, and I would also like to pay tribute to those who have stepped down. Alan Gosling and Jane Hamilton will be sorely missed and I would like to thank them on behalf of the community for their commitment. The challenge for the new intake is to live up to their example and really offer the dedicated service that Rotherham deserves.”

– John Healey MP, Wentworth and Dearne

Union concerned over Tata Steel sale timeline

The steelworkers’ trade union Community, has expressed concerns about the amount of time that Tata Steel is allowing to sell its remaining UK assets.

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The union’s comments follow a question to the Prime Minister in Parliament yesterday by Stephen Kinnock MP, also questioning whether sufficient time will be allowed for a sales process to take place.

“We have serious concerns that Tata Steel will not keep its commitment to be a responsible seller and will impose an arbitrary deadline that is too soon for credible investors to develop a viable bid.

“Since Tata put the business up for sale we have had various discussions with a range of stakeholders who are keen to understand the perspective of the workforce. A number of the people we’re talking to have expressed concerns about the tight timescales that Tata wants to impose.

“These are national industrial assets that are up for sale so this isn’t something that can happen overnight. Tata allowed time for the sale of its Long Products business to a credible investor, it should provide the same opportunity to bidders for the rest of its UK business. Nobody wants this process to drag on, not least because of the uncertainty for everyone involved with the company, especially the workforce. But nor should this process be rushed when there are so many things at stake, including Tata’s reputation as a responsible company.”

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community

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.

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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

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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