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E-fit released following attack on woman

Police in Sheffield have released an e-fit following an attack in Beighton.

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At 7.15pm on Sunday 22 March, a 19-year-old woman was walking from the tram stop at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre towards West Street in Beighton.

As she walked through the underpass, it is alleged that an unknown man grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her towards him.

Officers believe that the woman kicked and punched the man in order to free herself.

She was then able to run away to a populated area and report the incident.

The man is described as white, 6ft 4ins tall of stocky build. He had short, dark scruffy hair. He is thought to have a stud piercing in his lower left lip and was wearing a white jumper with a hood and black jeans.

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Watch live: Ukip launches 'serious, fully-costed' manifesto

Ukip launches its general election campaign manifesto today, setting out what it claims are "serious, fully-costed policies" for people who "believe in Britain".

Among the expected pledges are a £12 billion boost for the NHS, a five-year ban on unskilled migrants, and a referendum on EU membership "as soon as possible".

Watch the announcement live here from 11.15am:

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Clegg unveils 'a blueprint for a stronger economy'

Nick Clegg has described the Lib Dem manifesto as "a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society".

Nick Clegg launches the Lib Dem election manifesto.

Unveiling his party's manifesto, Clegg said: "This manifesto is a plan to finish the job of balancing the books and to do so fairly, by protecting our schools, hospitals and public services.

"This manifesto is an insurance policy against a government lurching off to the extremes."

Service to mark 26th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

An annual memorial service to remember those who died in the Hillsborough disaster will take place in Sheffield later today.

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Members of the public are invited to go along to the Hillsborough memorial on Parkside Road, Sheffield, at 2.55pm where Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri will lay a wreath in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans who died.

A minute’s silence will be observed and Donna Miller, sister of victim Paul Carlile will read out the names of the 96 who lost their lives.

The service will mark the 26th anniversary of the tragedy.

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Grassroots football project gets green light in Sheffield

A multi-million pound grassroots football project is set to get underway in Sheffield, after planning permission was granted for the first of the new pitches this afternoon.

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It's part of a scheme under which Sheffield City Council and The FA will invest around £9.6m in a new wave of football hubs.

Officials say it is the biggest-ever single investment in outdoor sports facilities in the city, with the majority of funding coming from national sources.

The first of the new football facilities, for which planning permission was granted today, will be built at the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre site, off Bochum Parkway, in the south of the city.

A new £16m leisure centre is currently under development on the site, adjacent to the existing tennis centre, and is set to open in summer 2016.

The Graves development, to be operated by Places for People Leisure, will include a six-lane 25m swimming pool, a separate learner pool, a major new fitness suite and studios, two additional indoor tennis courts and Sheffield’s first-ever dedicated gymnastics and trampolining centre.

It will also incorporate health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), bringing health and wellbeing services under one roof.

The footballing facilities will incorporate two state-of-the-art floodlit 3G artificial pitches and a pavilion with changing rooms, a club room and education space. Drainage improvements will also be made to one existing grass pitch on the site.

South Yorkshire Police dealing with 193 child sexual abuse investigations

Detectives in South Yorkshire are dealing with 193 live investigations into child sexual exploitation.

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Latest figures show there are 57 cases under investigation in Doncaster, 50 in Rotherham, 48 in Sheffield and 38 in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police also say that between April 2014 and March this year there were 276 offences recorded by the force - 79 in Doncaster, 73 in Sheffield , 72 in Rotherham and 52 in Barnsley.

Of the 276 offences 71 have led to suspects being charged, cautioned or summoned to court - 21 in Doncaster, 19 in Sheffield, 17 in Barnsley and 14 in Rotherham.

The force has also said that over the last 12 months it has been contacted 743 times by people with concerns about child abuse.

Enquiry over Smithy Wood development set to begin

A public enquiry to determine the future of an ancient woodland at Smithywood, due to become a motorway service station, will start today.

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Developers - who want to build a service station, 80-bedroom hotel, shops and restaurants on the M1 at Junction 35 - are opposing the application from local residents' group.

They residents will have to prove the woodland has been used for leisure purposes for the last 20 years to protect it as a village green.

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