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Police growing increasingly concerned for missing teenager

South Yorkshire Police are growing increasingly concerned for a teenager who has not been seen for the last two days.

Grada Munteanu Credit: South Yorkshire Police

16-year-old Grada Munteanu from the Broom area of Rotherham was last seen in Sheffield on Tuesday evening.

There have been no sightings of Grada and despite a vast number of enquiries already conducted as part of the investigation, officers have not been able to make contact with Grada or with anyone who may be able to confirm that she is safe.

I am very concerned for Grada’s welfare; she is a young girl who has made not been seen for almost two days. We know Grada was last seen on Christ Church Road, close to the junction with Nottingham Street in the Burngreave/ Pitsmoor area of Sheffield, at around 6.50pm on Tuesday evening. The clothing she was wearing was quite distinctive and consisted of a long red skirt with a mixed blue coloured vest top and a long grey cardigan. She also had a blue scarf in her long, dark brown hair and she was carrying a black over the shoulder handbag. As Grada is from Broom, she does have connections in this area, as well as in the Ferham and Eastwood areas of Rotherham. Alarmingly however, she has not been seen back in the town at all and there have been no further sightings of her anywhere at all since Tuesday. Grada is only 16-years-old and I would urge anyone who believes they may have seen her, or if they know her whereabouts, to please make contact with the police so we can ensure she is located and is safe and well.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Poolman

Dozens of Rotherham taxi licenses revoked

Dozens of licences revoked Credit: PA

Dozens of taxi drivers in Rotherham have had their licences revoked as a result of the town's abuse scandal.

The figures have been released in a council report revealing higher standards of the 'fit and proper person' test.

Professor Jay's report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham noted the 'prominent role' of taxi drivers. Convictions, intelligence and complaints are now considered and 47 licences have been taken away due to the new standards.


Travel: M1 southbound South Yorkshire accident

There are long delays on the M1 southbound in South Yorkshire following an accident.

A van and a car were in collision at J35 A629 (Rotherham / Chapeltown). There is congestion on A616 and on M1 to J37 A628 (Barnsley /Dodworth), in the roadworks area.

The main carriageway has been closed for rescue work and to allow the air ambulance to land.

Traffic travelling from Barnsley towards Sheffield is affected.

Families of missing men to stage protest at Didcot power station

The families of two men from Rotherham who have been missing after the collapse of a power station are protesting tomorrow calling for the search for them to be sped up.

Didcot Power Station collapsed last month Credit: Press Association

Ken Cresswell and John Shaw have not been seen since the Didcot power station came down as it was being prepared for demolition last month.

A fundraising page has been set up to help pay for a coach so the families can get to the site tomorrow.

Rotherham residents urged to rethink drink

A new campaign is being launched in Rotherham to try to help residents reduce the amount of alcohol they drink.

The Rethink your Drink scheme aims to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking too much and will provide advice and support for people who want to cut back.

Alcohol is the third biggest lifestyle risk factor for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity.

The risk isn't just for heavy drinkers. Regularly drinking over the Government's recommended guidelines can triple your risk of mouth and throat cancer and double your risk of heart disease.

Many of us use alcohol to celebrate or unwind, but most people don't realise that alcohol is actually a depressant and it could be doing you more harm than good.

The benefits of cutting back can also include losing weight, feeling less tired and having more cash in your pocket.

Whether it's getting help to reduce intake, or giving up all together - we've got the right package.

– Matt Pollard, Service Manager


Man pleads guilty to multiple sexual offences

A 44-year-old man has admitted multiple sexual offences and assaulting a police officer in court.

Christopher Colebrook Credit: Press Association

Christopher Melvyn Colebrook, of Bowers Fold, Doncaster, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday and entered guilty pleas to two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl in Doncaster in October 2015.

He also admitted a further two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against a 19-year-old man in Doncaster in June 2015.

Colebrook also pleaded guilty to assault of a police officer.

Colebrook has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 19 April.

Colebrook targeted vulnerable teenagers, plying them with alcohol before subjecting them to vile and horrific sexual offending.

The victims have been incredibly brave in sharing their ordeals with police. We are pleased that Colebrook has admitted his guilt and that the victims are spared the prospect of reliving their abuse before a court.

We hope this positive result reassures victims of sexual abuse who perhaps are yet to come forward that we take this crime incredibly seriously and will do whatever we can to bring these despicable individuals before the courts.

– Detective Constable Nichole Russell and Police Constable Angela Hardwick

Woman, 80, has handbag snatched at graveyard

An 80-year-old woman has had her handbag stolen at a graveyard in Catcliffe, South Yorkshire.

The incident happened at around 2.35pm yesterday (Tuesday 8 March).

The woman was tending to her husband’s grave in St Mary’s Church graveyard, St Mary’s Drive when an unknown man ran up to the grave, snatched the woman’s handbag from the ground and made off on a bicycle.

The man is described as being white, in his mid-20s, and was wearing a light grey hooded top and blue tracksuit bottoms.

Police say the woman was not injured but has been left distressed by the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Inquest into death of South Yorkshire racing driver Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson Credit: South Yorkshire Police

An inquest into the death of South Yorkshire IndyCar driver Justin Wilson is due to take place.

Mr Wilson died last August when he was struck on the helmet by flying debris from a crash in the closing stages of a race at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania and succumbed to his injuries a little over 24 hours later.

Originally from Sheffield, the 37-year-old is survived by his wife Julia and two young daughters.

In a statement after his death, his family, including parents Keith and Lynne and brother Stefan, said: "Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.

"The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world."

The inquest is due to take place at Northampton General Hospital on Wednesday morning.

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