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Police want to speak to seven men after clashes at Britain First protest

Officers investigating disorder that followed a demonstration in Rotherham town centre last month have issued CCTV images of seven men they believe could hold vital information about their enquiry.

Images released by police of people they believe could hold vital information Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Images released by police of people they believe could hold vital information Credit: South Yorkshire Police

On Saturday 5 September, following an afternoon demonstration, disorder broke out in the Wellgate area of Rotherham.

A number of people are alleged to have caused injuries by throwing bottles and bricks.

Police arrested 19 men earlier this month, four from West Yorkshire and another 15 from Rotherham, on suspicion of violent disorder.

All remain on police bail pending further consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.


Teenager charged over Rotherham arsons

A teenager has been charged with a series of alleged arsons in Rotherham.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear at the town's youth court today charged with five counts of arson and one of theft.

The charges come after minibuses at Wath Comprehensive School were set on fire on Monday September 28 and the alleged arson of four vehicles on Thursday October 15.

Police also arrested two other teenagers on suspicion of arson who have since been released.

We’d like to thank the public for their co-operation and to everyone who has come forward to help with the investigation.

Our enquiries will continue and we remain keen to speak to anyone who may hold information about the reported incidents.”

– Detective Sergeant Iain Martin from Rotherham’s Local Policing Unit

Teachers set for industrial action at Rotherham primary school

Teachers at a primary school in Rotherham are set to begin industrial action today over workload concerns.

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Staff at Listerdale Primary School will also take part in a National Union of Teachers (NUT) ballot on whether to strike following the suspension of a colleague.

The school is part of the The Childrens Academy Trust and the Trust has described the industrial action as inflammatory.

In a statement the Trust said that 'no NUT member at the school has contacted the Trust or Governing Body directly to voice any concerns' adding that an independent investigation is underway following the suspension of one of the NUT’s members.

Rotherham abuse whistleblower wins top Award at Women of the Year lunch

A woman from Rotherham, who blew the whistle on sex abuse cases in the town, has won an award for Oustanding Achievement at The Women of the Year lunch in London.

Jayne Senior Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Jayne Senior, ran an outreach programme for victims in Rotherham. She revealed that she reported nearly 1,700 cases of grooming or sexual exploitation to the children's services between 1999 and 2011.

On receiving her award she paid tribute to the courage of the 1400 victims and said: "Twelve months ago our town became the most infamous town not only in the UK but in the world. Fourteen hundred children had been abused in the most unimaginable way".

The Women of the Year Awards, which is in its 60th year, celebrates and recognises the achievement of women from all backgrounds.

Redfearn wants to establish Rotherham as a Championship club this season

Neil Redfearn has told ITV Calendar that he wants to establish Rotherham United as a Championship club this season.

The Millers' new manager has been unveiled at New York Stadium and believes the challenge of turning around the fortunes of the South Yorkshire club has come at the right time for him.

The former Leeds boss spoke to John Shires:


Schoolgirl missing in Rotherham

Police are appealing for information to trace a schoolgirl who has gone missing in Rotherham.

Riiannah has not been seen since Friday evening Credit: South Yorkshire Police

14-year-old Riiannah Percival has not been seen since leaving her family home on Haldane Road, Rotherham on Friday at around 5pm.

Riiannah is described as a white, 5ft 6" tall with a slim build and long hair that she often wears tied up. She is believed to be wearing leggings and possibly a grey leather jacket and blue hoody-type top underneath.

Riiannah is a young girl who has not been seen for the last 24 hours. Her family are understandably worried and we are increasingly concerned for Riiannah's safety. Riiannah has links to Sheffield and the Abbeydale Road area in particular. I would ask anyone living or working around Abbeydale Road to look at the photograph of Riiannah and if you've seen anyone matching the description, please contact police.

– Sergeant Jim Sheard, from Rotherham District Police

'Disgraceful’ PC abused his position to contact vulnerable women

A police officer, who used his position to inappropriately contact vulnerable women, has been branded a 'disgrace' by South Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable.

PC Lee Lucas who was formally based at Rotherham’s Main Street Police Station, has admitted misconduct in a public office. He also pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children at Sheffield Crown Court. He will be sentenced on December 21st.

Lucas, who has been a PC with the force since July 2010, pleaded guilty to the offences following an inquiry by South Yorkshire Police. In October 2013, the force’s Professional Standards Department launched Operation Pigeon, an internal investigation exploring whether any officers were abusing their position by contacting vulnerable members of the public. The investigation identified excessive and unexplained contact between Lucas and eight women during 2013.

The women were vulnerable members of the public who had contacted the police in relation to various incidents including harassment, domestic abuse and other crime. Lucas met them when he was deployed to incidents involving the women. The investigation revealed that he maintained contact with the complainants, sharing thousands of text messages with them and also visiting some of them at their homes. Investigators found that many of the text messages sent by Lucas had been inappropriate, suggestive and flirtatious.

In December 2013, officers searched Lucas’ home and seized his police phone, his personal mobile phone, and also his computer hard drive. When police examined his computer, around 1,400 indecent images of children were discovered. Lucas, 39, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office and eight counts of making indecent images of children.

Lucas was suspended from his duties on 17 December 2013. He remains on suspension and will appear before the Chief Constable for a special case hearing, where his future with the force will be determined.

Lee Lucas is quite simply a disgrace and his actions will disgust all members of the force. South Yorkshire Police deal robustly with these offences and it is worthy of note that his actions were uncovered in an internal inquiry and this has been pursued vigorously through to a criminal prosecution. We recognise the bravery of the victims who assisted our inquiry and provided evidence.

– DCC Andrew Holt

Family of Mushin Ahmed pays tribute to 'kind and gentle man' after funeral

The family of a pensioner who died following an attack in Rotherham in August have described him as a 'kind and gentle man' after his funeral today.

Mushin Ahmed Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Mushin Ahmed, 81, was a laid to rest following a procession at Herringthorpe Stadium in Rotherham earlier today.

In a brief statement his wife said: “My husband and the father of our four children was the most sincere, kind and gentle man.

“He loved Yemen and England and Ireland, and was incredibly proud to be a Yorkshireman.

“We’d like to thank everyone within our local community and beyond, who have offered us overwhelming support throughout the most difficult time in our lives.

“The community has come together united in sorrow at the loss of our husband, father and friend.

“Mushin was a loving, friendly man and he would want us to try and bring something positive out of our grief, in the hope that no other families should ever have to go through this pain.”

Two men from Rotherham have been charged with his murder.

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