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Boxing champ makes calls for people to sign organ donor register

Boxing champion Tommy Coyle is calling for more people to sign the organ donor register.

Tommy Coyle celebrates beating Reynaldo Mora in the Lightweight contest at the Manchester Arena in May Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tommy, who will take on Tyrone Nurse next weekend, is fronting the 'Be a Hero' campaign in the hope that it will encourage people in his hometown of Hull, and across Yorkshire, to consider donating their organs.

Around 800 people across the region are on the transplant waiting list.


Man charged with attempted murder following Sheffield shooting

A 26-year-old man has been charged by officers investigating a reported shooting in Chapeltown, Sheffield.

Police were called at around 11pm on Friday 15 July following reports shots had been fired in Burncross Road, Chapeltown Credit: Press Association

Jamie Lee Howden, of Barber Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court at a later date.

Police were called at around 11pm on Friday 15 July following reports shots had been fired in Burncross Road, Chapeltown. Nobody is believed to have been injured during the incident.

Six people, five men and one woman, were arrested in connection with the incident. They remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Black Lives Matter rally to take place in Sheffield

Organisers say they want to show solidarity with black victims of police violence in the US. Credit: Press Association

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a Black Lives Matter peace march in Sheffield today.

Organisers of the event say they want to show solidarity with black victims of police violence in the US.

Protestors are hoping to gather at Devonshire Green from 4.30pm, before marching through the city centre to Barker's Pool where an event will take place.

This is a rally to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and to show that we in Sheffield are aware of the racism and injustice in America. Everyone is welcome, but the message is Black Love and Black Power.

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Sheffield children's playgrounds to become smoke-free zones

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Sheffield City Council will launch its smoke-free playground policy across 152 children's playgrounds across the city today.

Signage which has been developed in collaboration with Sheffield schoolchildren will be clearly displayed at entrances to all playgrounds to inform people about the new policy.

The Council wants to change social norms around smoking and reduce the number of children who start smoking each year in the city.

The policy comes as a result of a consultation with 1500 local people including smokers, non-smokers, parents, non-parents and e-cigarette users.

Parents and children will be encouraged to pledge their support to keep playgrounds smoke free at the launch event.


Lord Blunkett to receive honorary degree

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Lord Blunkett will be presented with an honorary degree at the University of Sheffield today.

The former Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, and Sheffield Council leader is being honoured for his contribution to British politics.

Squash player Nick Matthew OBE will also be honoured at the ceremony. Matthew, 35, has won the prestigious World Open and the British Open three times each.

He will be awarded for his notable contribution to sport.

Sheffield signs £1bn China investment deal

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Sheffield City Council has signed a £1bn investment deal with a Chinese construction firm.

The deal, which some say will change the face of Sheffield and secure investment for the next generation, is the biggest of its kind outside London.

The 60-year partnership with Sichuan Guodong Constructions group will initially mean funding for five city centre projects over the next three years.

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