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Man found guilty of Thavisha Peiris murder

The man accused of killing a pizza delivery driver in Sheffield last year has been found guilty after a two-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Shamraz Khan had denied the charge - another man pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Thavisha Peiris was a Sri Lankan student and was working to pay his father back for his education.

He was stabbed repeatedly and left to bleed to death in his car.

Martin Fisher reports:


Le seagull rescued after Tour de France prank

A seagull has been rescued after being discovered covered in yellow paint.

Seagull found painted yellow
Seagull found painted yellow

The Scarborough Sea Life Centre investigated reports from holidaymakers in the area.

It was first thought the bird had a rare plumage but after trapping the bird, aquarist Andy Jayes realised it had been covered in red paind.

Seagull found painted yellow
Seagull found painted yellow

RSPCA Inspector Geoff Edmunds, who collected what proved – underneath the paint-job – to be a herring gull, speculated it may have been the victim of a prank linked to the Tour de France.

We know there were sheep spray-painted with washable yellow paint to mark the visit of the Tour de France. It’s likely someone thought it was a clever idea to paint a seagull as well.

– Lia Bull, Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Though still able to fly short-distances, the gull would inevitably have died as a result of the damage to its plumage.

It is now recuperating at a specialist RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire.

Calendar's Tour expert to bow out at Sheffield Grand Prix

ITV Calendar's resident Tour de France expert and professional cyclist Dean Downing is to compete in his final race tonight.

The Sheffield Grand Prix will be the Rotherham-born rider's last event.


It all started 31 years ago in Middlesborough at Clairville Stadium. @sheffgrandprix will be an emotional one #thanks


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Ched Evans to appeal rape conviction

Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans has asked for a review into his rape conviction in a fresh attempt to get it overturned.

Ched Evans
Ched Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, Denbighshire while he was a player for the Blades.

He was jailed for five years in April that year and is due to be released in October.

But Evans is now asking the Criminal Cases Review Commission to look at his case in the hope it may lead to a fresh appeal.

Matthew flies the flag for England

Sheffield's most famous sporting star is a notable absentee from the Commonwealth Games but another of the city's big names is ready for his moment in the spotlight.

Sheffield's squash star Nick Matthew will carry England's flag at today's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Sheffield's squash star Nick Matthew will carry England's flag at today's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony Credit: ITV Sport

The withdrawal of Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill because of the birth of son Reggie was keenly felt by the tournament, and, had she been present, the honour of carrying England's flag into the opening ceremony could have fallen on her.

As it is, squash's Nick Matthew, another product of the Steel City, will be first out at Celtic Park, with the three-time world and British Open champion recognised for his enduring excellence at the top of his sport.

The 33-year-old was selected by the rest of the England squad to carry the flag at today's opening ceremony.


Sheffield champ to fly the flag at Commonwealth Games

Sheffield's world squash champion Nick Matthew has been chosen to carry the English flag at tomorrow's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow.

Matthew, who was voted by his fellow athletes to be England's flagbearer, will be defending both the individual and doubles titles he won at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 4 years ago.

He is the second Yorkshire athlete to carry the flag, with Hull's Karen Briggs having done so at Auckland in 1990 and says he is honoured to have been chosen:

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