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Pioneering service in Rotherham bucking national lung disease trend

A pioneering service in Rotherham is bucking the national trend in providing care for people with lung disease.

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The Breathing Space hub was initially set up to help former miners and steelworkers with chest problems.

It comes after a national study by the British Lung Foundation revealed the number of people dying has barely changed over the last decade.

Rotherham United confirm Alan Stubbs as new manager

Rotherham United have confirmed the appointment of Alan Stubbs as their new first team manager.

Alan Stubbs (R) with his assistant John Doolan. Credit:

The 44-year-old and his assistant John Doolan take over at the Championship club after having resigned from their posts at Hibernian FC.

Both have signed three-year contracts at AESSEAL New York Stadium and will be speaking to the media at midday tomorrow.


Witness appeal after man involved in collision dies

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Rotherham, earlier this month, after the death of one of the drivers in hospital.

At around 9.30am on Monday 9 May, it is reported that a red Seat Ibiza and a white Seat Leon were involved in a collision in Canklow Road, outside the Christian community centre and close to the junction with Robinson Street.

Neither driver was believed to be injured at the time of the collision, but on Saturday 21 May the 51-year-old man driving the Ibiza was admitted to hospital after falling ill.

Police say he remained in hospital and died on Monday 23 May.

Officers are now keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who was in the area at the time.

Rotherham United open talks with Alan Stubbs

Rotherham United have been given permission to speak to Hibernian coach Alan Stubbs.

Alan Stubbs recently guided Hibernian to Scottish Cup success. Credit: Press Association

The Scottish club confirmed in a statement that after much reluctance, and refusing the initial approach, it had given the Millers the green light to hold talks with the 44-year-old.

Rotherham are looking for a new manager after Neil Warnock left the club, despite guiding them to safety in the Championship.

“Throughout, we have made it plain to Alan that we want him to remain as Head Coach of Hibernian and build on what has been achieved. Despite that, Alan has expressed an interest in hearing what Rotherham have to say.

I believe that our best chance to keep Alan focused and positive about his job at Hibernian is to allow a brief window within which Alan can speak to Rotherham. Reluctantly therefore, we have agreed to allow that to happen and we will take stock after that.

While we have agreed to the request, we hope that Alan will see a brighter future here at Hibernian with the continued full support of the Board.”

– Leeann Dempster, Hibernian Chief Executive


Four charged in connection with drugs offences

Four people, three men and a woman, have been charged in connection with alleged drugs offences, following a multi-agency investigation in the Broom area of Rotherham.

Operation in Broom

Nehdi Tajabidi, 31, Mehdi Esmacpoor, 38, Luliana Otaraseanu, 30, and 30-year-old Mohammed Chernarli, appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 26 May) charged with conspiracy to produce Class A drugs.

All four have been remanded in custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 23 June.

South Yorkshire Police, supported by officers from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Rotherham Council, executed a warrant in Broom Valley Road on Tuesday 24 May.

A quantity of suspected controlled drugs were seized during the operation.

Where is Tommy Ward's £30,000?

Tommy Ward died from his injuries

Police hunting the killer, or killers, of 80-year-old Tommy Ward say someone must know who attacked him and made off with his life-savings of £30,000.

Mr Ward was assaulted in his home in Maltby, seven months ago, and died five months later as a result of his injuries. His attacker made off with a safe containing £30,000. The safe was recovered two weeks later in Kilnhurst canal but the money has never been found.

Who threw that safe in the canal? Where is that money? And who are these people who committed that offence and attacked Tommy? It was a targeted attack on Tommy, he was horrifically assaulted, which led to his death unfortunately and his life savings of £30,000 were taken in that attack. Tommy was such a well like person in the community, he had an extensive close family and they want some questions answering

– Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Short, Lead investigating officer

DCI Short was speaking as Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. She said the local community had been very forthcoming and co-operative, but she hoped the reward would prompt someone to come forward with that vital piece of information.

Police search for missing Danny

Missing: Danny Fellow Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A search is underway for 30-year-old Rotherham man Danny Fellow. Police say they are concerned for his safety and welfare and are asking anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to contact them.

Mr Fellow, who is also known as ‘Batty’, was last seen on the A633 in Parkgate at around 8pm last night. (Tuesday)

He is around 5ft 10ins tall, slim, with short fair hair. He was wearing a blue Umbro top, beige jogging bottoms and blue Nike trainers.

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