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New appeal for missing Neil Slaney

Police searching for missing Sheffield man Neil Slaney are making a fresh appeal after receiving new information.

Neil might have been in Sheffield city centre

Neil, 41, has not been seen for 12 days but enquiries have found that he might have been in Sheffield city centre during this time, and that he may also have visited shops in Dodworth town centre.

Have you seen Neil or do you know where he is?

Neil was last seen in the Firth Park area of Sheffield, where he lives, on Sunday November 15th.

Despite numerous inquiries to find him, Neil has not yet been found and the police and his family are growing increasingly concerned for him.

He is white, 5ft 10ins tall and is of slim build. It is not known what he was wearing when he went missing, but was thought be carrying some sort of bag or rucksack.

Neil has links to the Chapeltown area of Sheffield.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 308 of 17 November 2015.


Poll: Do you support British involvement with airstrikes in Syria?

Shadow foreign secretary and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn has said he will not resign over his backing of airstrikes on Isis in Syria, despite his party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, writing to all Labour MPs setting out his opposition to military action.

Do you support British involvement with airstrikes in Syria?

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Gang issues top priority after Jordan Thomas shooting

Police officers in Sheffield say they are discussing the issues surrounding gangs as a matter of urgency.

It follows the shooting of Jordan Thomas in the city a year ago.

Jordan Thomas was in a car in Sheffield when he was shot

Yesterday, a jury found Jama Ahmed guilty of murder and attempted murder. Ahmed was given a life sentence and will serve at least 36 years imprisonment before he is considered for parole.

Sheffield Superintendent Shaun Morley has issued this message:

''The details discussed during the trial may well have led to you to ask questions about gang culture in Sheffield. Is it an issue? And what are police doing to keep you safe?

''To begin with, let me reassure you that we have dedicated and specially-trained officers working tirelessly to tackle organised crime and to keep you and the ones you love safe from harm. Of course there is crime in Sheffield - it is the fourth largest city in the country and we're not immune to criminal activity here. However, we do not consider gang crime to be a major problem here and we have invested a considerable amount of time and resources to tackle the issue.

''Currently, Sheffield has a number of identified and recognised gangs operating at all levels of criminality, ranging from low-level antisocial behaviour to serious acquisitive crime, drug dealing and firearms offences.

''The gangs operate across various geographical areas within the city and consist of members ranging from their teens through to their forties. The gangs’ ultimate aim is to profit and benefit financially, however their 'street status' also plays a big part.

''If you went back 10 years in Sheffield, the picture would look very different. Between 2005 and 2010, there were 62 serious and fatal firearm offences in Sheffield. In the last five years, between 2010 and 2015, there have been 30 - a reduction of more than half. But we're not complacent - 30 is still 30 too many and we're working every day to reduce this further.

''Research tells us that simply punishing people by sending them to prison does little to prevent them reoffending. That is why we invest a considerable amount of time to preventing offending in the first place to break the cycle. We work with the local authority, the Probation Service, Children's Services, and with the judiciary to prevent organised crime.

''We pay close attention to an offender’s lifestyle, their housing situation, whether they have any children who could be at risk and need safeguarding.

''We look at every aspect of their lives and do everything within our power to stop their offending and the impact it has on others. We sometimes work with our partners to stage an intervention with them and their family members - whether that's providing them support in drug rehabilitation or providing support to find work. Showing an offender that there is another way to live and another path to take can sometimes make all the difference but, ultimately, they have to want to make a change for this to have any success.

''A gang injunction is a civil tool that allows police and local authorities to apply to the courts for an injunction against a person to prevent gang-related violence. The orders allow police to put restrictions on people known to be involved in organised violent crime. ''Restrictions include curfews, use of mobile phones, associations with other people and the use of certain routes. Anyone who breaches an injunction appears before court within 24 hours and would probably face jail. We are currently considering implementing a number of gang injunctions in Sheffield and will work with the courts to ensure we're doing all we can to keep people safe.

''Right now, we have teams of specialist officers in Sheffield working to keep you safe. Officers with a great deal of expertise and dedication, from uniformed PCs to specially trained detectives.''

– Chief Supt Shaun Morley


More arrests in bonfire night disorder case

Police have arrested a further three teenagers in connection with the disorder that took place on bonfire night in the Abbeydale Road area of Sheffield.

The aftermath of the incident

The boys, aged 14, 15 and 16-years-old from Sheffield have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

They are in custody being questioned by police.

Yesterday, two 15-year-old boys, a 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

They have now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The investigation continues and officers are keen to hear from anyone with information about the incident. Contact Inspector Ian Stubbs, from the Sheffield South West Local Policing Team, via 101.

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Calls for Corbyn to resign over Syria vote revolt

Senior Labour MPs have called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign as tensions within the party rise over whether Britain should join airstrikes on Syria.

It comes after the party leader told MPs in a letter that he could not support military intervention against the so-called Islamic State in the country, sparking a furious backlash from shadow cabinet members who had not yet agreed their position on the matter.

Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to resign Credit: PA

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, former minister John Spellar said Mr Corbyn's behaviour over the vote had been "unacceptable".

It's absolutely right for him to put that view in the shadow cabinet. It's right for them to discuss it.

They thought they were going away to resume that discussion on Monday. He's now trying to pre-empt that and whip up a storm inside the party.

Certainly... they should not resign. They should hold on to those places. If anyone should resign after this incident, it should be Jeremy Corbyn.

– John Spellar, MP for Warley

Another former minister, Fiona Mactaggart, echoed his sentiments - despite saying she was not convinced by the case for bombing either. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, she said:

[Corbyn] hasn't got a strategy to lead the party from where it is to where it needs to be and the people of the country can see that. I think it probably is unsustainable.

I think [quitting] would be a sensible strategy because I think that the division at the moment is causing real problems.

– Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough
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