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Two men charged over alleged robbery

Two men have been charged in connection with an alleged robbery and attempted robbery earlier this week.

Hassan Siddique, 27, of Broom Valley Road, Rotherham, appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 15 July) charged with robbery, attempted robbery, and threatening a person with an offensive weapon.

Appearing alongside him was 27-year-old Simon Porter, of Friars Croft, Wentworth, who is charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

The charges relate to an alleged robbery at a Shell garage in Handsworth Road, Sheffield, that took place at around 10.40pm on Monday 13 July.

Around an hour later, an attempted robbery was reported to police in Wortley Road, Rotherham.

They have been remanded in custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 29 July.

Hunt on for 'Dougy'

The hunt is on for a mystery graffiti artist who left his name on a South Yorkshire church.

The words 'Dougy' have appeared on hundreds of wedding photos at St John's Methodist Church in Swinton over the years.

Now they want to find Dougy to say he has been forgiven before they are finally removed.

Martin Fisher joined the search:


Teenager arrested after park assault

Officers in Rotherham have arrested a 16-year-old boy following a reported rape in a Wickersley park.

Its after they received a report that a woman had been assaulted at the park off Warren Road at around 6.30pm yesterday, 13 July.

Members of the public have been reassured that it was an isolated incident.

The teenager remains in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives today.

Four arrested in Rotherham after nuisance bikers investigation

Two men, a woman and a teenager have been arrested in Rotherham after a police investigation to locate nuisance bikers over the weekend.

On Friday 3 July, officers received multiple reports of teenage boys riding off-road motorcycles in the Thorpe Hesley, Kimberworth and Chapeltown areas in a dangerous manner.

Today (Wednesday 8 July) an 18-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, public nuisance offences and driving offences.

Subsequent enquiries have resulted in a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman being arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft offences.

All four remain in custody being questioned by officers.

Woman charged with child sexual exploitation offences

A further woman has been charged with offences relating to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1993 and 1995.

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Shelley Davies, 40, has been charged with conspiracy to procure a child to become a prostitute and unlawful imprisonment. She is jointly charged with conspiracy to rape alongside 52-year-old Qurban Ali, 58-year-old Karen MacGregor and 40-year-old Arshid Hussain, who were charged yesterday.

She has been bailed to appear before Rotherham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday July 7.


Abuse survivor: You couldn't report it because they wouldd laugh at you

On the day that two police forces in our region were told to improve the way they handled cases involving vulnerable children, a young women, abused from the age of 11, has decided to go public for the first time and speak of her ordeal.

Sarah Wilson from Rotherham was first attacked in a school playground by a man in his thirties, then groomed and systematically abused. She's written a book telling of her life with grooming gangs and how she was ignored by the authorities.

A new report today from her majesty's inspectorate of constabularies has revealed that only a third of 600 child abuse cases were handled to a good standard.

Michael Billington has the story and has been to meet Sarah:

HMIC: Police must reassess approach to child protection

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says police forces must reassess their approach to child protection, in a series of reports published today

A report specifically on the safety of children say the plans of senior officers have failed to result in consistently good services, and investigations, on occasions were poor and plagued by delay.

Drusilla Sharpling, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, who lead the investigations says forces across the country should learn from the abuse scandal in Rotherham.

Rotherham taxi drivers begin strike action

Taxi drivers in Rotherham have begun strike action over new rules requiring them to install CCTV cameras.

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The rules have been imposed by the council following the Jay report into child sexual exploitation.

Drivers are concerned about the cost of installing and maintaining the cameras.

They are planning a slow drive through the town.

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