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Chief Constable: £4m would buy 80 police officers

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police says that the £4m it cost the force to police protests in the past three years could have bought 80 police officers.

David Crompton has called for an end to mass protests because of the impact it is having on the force's resources. He says South Yorkshire Police have halved the size of their mounted units and also have less detectives investigating murder.


Arrest after teenager assaulted in Rotherham

Emergency services are investigating a reported assault on a teenager in Rotherham.

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Police were called to Effingham Street shortly after 1pm on Wednesday afternoon following reports that a 16-year-old boy had been assaulted and injured. The severity of his injuries is not yet known.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

Three arrested after Rotherham protests released on bail

Three men arrested following a protest in Rotherham town centre have been released on police bail.

Two men, aged 25 and 48, were arrested in connection with an assault. A third, an 18 year old, was arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence.

All three are from the local area.

"Aside from a small minority of people the public of Rotherham did not react to what was a difficult day and I would like to thank them for the cooperation and patience they showed while our policing operation took place.

Our investigation into those arrested during the day will continue over the coming weeks as will a detailed analysis of CCTV footage and privately shot material that has been uploaded onto social media sites in the last 24 hours.

The investigation continues.”

– Chief Superintendent Rob Odell, South Yorkshire Police


Hundreds gather for controversial Rotherham protest

Up to 500 right wing demonstrators took to the streets of Rotherham today, despite an online appeal asking them not to come to the town.

The Britain First group say they are christians, not racists, and that their anti-islamic message is wanted by the people of Yorkshire.

But a counter demonstration attracted a similar number of protestors who say they are the true voice of the people of Rotherham.

They say the town is still in mourning after the death of 81 year-old Mushin Ahmed in what police believe may have been a racially motivated attack.

Far right group set for Rotherham march

Far right group Britain First looks set to defy police orders and hold a controversial march in centre of Rotherham today.

It's the latest in a series of protests by the extremist group following the child abuse scandal.

An online campaign was launched earlier in the week to stop the demonstration.

South Yorkshire Police issued a statement earlier in the week saying they have spoken to the organisers to ensure 'they are clear on what will and will not be accepted.'

Campaign to stop far right group from demonstrating in Rotherham

An online campaign has been launched to stop a far right group from holding a demonstration in Rotherham this coming Saturday.

Britain First is threatening to defy a police order banning them from the centre of Rotherham.

The group is planning to march through the town on Saturday - the latest in a series of protests by extremist groups following the child abuse scandal.

Now, campaigners who have launched an online petition asking the organisation to call off its demonstration, have met with police to discuss their concerns.

David Hirst reports:

Police appeal to find missing prisoner

South Yorkshire police are appealing for information to find a missing prisoner.

Missing prisoner Michael James

Michael James, was last seen around 2pm on Thursday August 27 in Masbrough Street area of Rotherham, while on temporary leave from Hatfield prison in Doncaster.

He was due back at 4.30pm the same day but failed to return.

The 43-year-old was sentenced in 2006 for threats to kill. Police believe he may have connections in West Yorkshire.

Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him but call 999, quoting incident number 1134 of 27 August 2015.

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