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Pensioner found with serious head injuries in Rotherham

Police in Rotherham are appealing for information after an elderly man was found with serious head injuries in the early hours of this morning.

Officers are investigating at the scene in Rotherham where an 81-year-old man was found with serious head injuries Credit: ITV News

Officers were called to the Fitzwilliam Road area of Rotherham at 5.25am on Monday morning and discovered an 81-year-old man who was taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition.

At this stage we are keeping an open mind on the motive behind the incident. The injuries this man has received are significant and I understand that local people will be concerned.

Patrols by neighbourhood officers have been increased in the area to reassure the local community."

– Detective Sergeant John Yoxall

Former Rotherham mayor found not guilty

Former mayor of Rotherham Barry Dodson

The former mayor of Rotherham has been cleared of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

The girl, who is now in her 40s, told Sheffield Crown Court that Barry Dodson indecently assaulted her in 1987.

But Dodson, 67, was cleared by a jury of five men and seven women after just over two hours of deliberating.

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Increase in van thefts in Rotherham

Police in Rotherham are urging van owners to be vigilant following a series of thefts from vehicles across the town.

In the last two months, there have been over 50 reports of vans being either broken into or damaged around Rotherham. The majority of the incidents involve the rear or side doors of the vans being pulled back to allow the thieves to gain access to the vehicle.

Police say the thefts have occurred across the town rather than in any one area. The vans are reportedly being targeted overnight, between 10pm and 4pm, and police are receiving reports of one or two incidents every other night.

Sergeant Clive Collings from Rotherham’s Central Safer Neighbourhood Area said police have been trying to bring an end to the thefts.

“About four weeks ago, we began an operation to try and tackle the issue by increasing visibility and issuing advice to van owners. While this was successful and arrests have been made, the offences have continued.

I’d urge van owners to secure their vehicles and leave nothing of any value inside. It might be worth investing in stickers for your van that specify you leave nothing in them overnight, which might act as a deterrent."

– Sergeant Clive Collings, Rotherham Central Safer Neighbourhood Area

Police appeal for witnesses who saw a man fall from building in Rotherham

Detectives investigating the alleged assault of a 30-year-old man in Bramley, Rotherham, earlier this year are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The man is reported to have fallen from the roof of the Mr Soap’s Hand Car Wash building in Bawtry Road, Bramley, at around 10am on Sunday 25 January.

The man has been in hospital since the incident and has only recently been able to communicate with police officers.

“We appreciate that we are asking the public to remember something that happened many months ago, but the allegation of assault has only recently come to light.

We believe that the hand car wash was open and, by all accounts, quite busy that morning and it’s on quite a busy road in Rotherham so I’d ask anyone that lives or travels through that area to cast their minds back.

If you can think of anything that might help us with our enquiries, please do get in touch.”

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed while enquiries continue.

– Detective Constable Becky Straw

If you have information that could help with the investigation, please call 101 quoting incident number 322 of 25 January 2015.

Missing teen may be in Rotherham

Police believe a teenager missing from Northumberland may be in Rotherham.

15-year-old Zac Wardle Credit: Northumbria Police

Zac Wardle, who is 15-years-old, was last seen in Netherton Park in Stannington in Morpeth on Friday July 24. He is described as 5ft 10ins tall slim, with blonde spikey hair. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a black Nike tracksuit top and bottons and black/orange Nike trainers.

Police believe he has links to South Yorkshire particularly in the Rotherham area.

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14-year-old Olympic gold winner on her tough start to life

Olympic medals are hard to come by, but even harder when you're just 14-years-old.

Carken Callaghan and her GB Inline Skating Team triumphed in California at the Junior Olympics where the sport - like ice hockey without the ice - is huge.

But Caren's story is even more remarkable given her start in life which saw her move into foster care when she was just ten years old. Martin Fisher went to see her training in Rotherham.

RAF veteran's ashes to move to permanent memorial

An RAF veteran who died, leaving no family and few friends behind, will have his ashes placed in their final resting place today.

Hundreds of people turned out for George Thompson's funeral

Hundreds of strangers turned out for George Thompson's funeral in July of last year, after an appeal by the Royal Air Force Association.

George, who died aged 96, will have his ashes be placed at a permanent memorial, after fundraising efforts by the RAF Association Rotherham Branch.

Lord Scriven calls on South Yorkshire police chief to resign

Lord Scriven, the former leader of Sheffield City Council, has called on the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton to resign over the latest child sexual abuse revelations.

Scriven told ITV Calendar that police on the ground are not doing enough to keep children out of harm or "at least keep them in a safe place".

I've taken the view enough is enough. I said about a year ago that jury was out on the senior management team at South Yorkshire Police, including the Chief Constable. I've now come to the view, reluctantly that it needs to happen and the Chief Constable needs to go. It's quite clear that those at the top are talking a good talk but when independent people go in it shows that on the ground young people are not being believed, reporting is hap hazardous at best and that actually in quite vulnerable situations where children are at risk that the police on the ground are not taking the type of action to take those children out of harm or at least keep them in a safe place so the chief constable has to go.

– Lord Scriven
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