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Rotherham whistleblower: town 'needs to move on'

The woman who exposed the Rotherham abuse scandal has said the town 'needs to move on', following the publication of a report which says child abuse and exploitation was not given priority by South Yorkshire Police.

Jayne Senior, who founded the charity Risky Business to work with vulnerable young people, said that the situation in Rotherham is not unique. Speaking to ITV Calendar she described it child sexual exploitation as an issue that is "happening all across the UK and we need to get a handle on it."

Commenting that there have been 'quite significant improvements' in the way victims are handled since she began her work in 1999, Jayne added that she hopes senior managers can learn from the mistakes that were made in Rotherham.

The youth worker, whose whistleblowing led to the scandal finally being uncovered, said officers who have been highlighted as being involved must be brought to justice, but added that it is difficult for the town to move forward while ever there are ongoing investigations and reports due to be published.

Lambs shot dead at Doncaster farm

Eight lambs have died after being shot at a farm in Doncaster.

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Police are investigating after the incident at Stoupers Gate farm, near Hatfield, overnight Monday.

Six lambs were found dead by the farmer on Tuesday morning. Two others had to be put down.

Chief Inspector Adrian Brown said: “This incident has shocked the farming community and has caused a significant amount of distress to the farmer.

“This act of violence is concerning and it’s vitally important we identify the person or people responsible for this incident.

“If you saw anything suspicious, or have any information that could help us find out who did this, we need to hear from you.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Burglar jailed after blood found at crime scene

A burglar has been jailed for over four years after his blood was found at the scene of his crime.

Brett Thomas Credit: South Yorkshire Police

33-year-old Brett Thomas, from Renishaw, was jailed for 4 years and 4 months at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to two burglaries.

Thomas was arrested by officers after his DNA was matched to blood found near to glass shards from the door of the flat he broke into in the Halfway area of Sheffield in November of last year.

Thomas was a prolific burglar who now has some time in prison to contemplate his actions and the suffering he has caused to householders who have been through the awful experience of coming home to find their properties have been broken into.

– Police Constable Ryan Griffiths

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Rural Barnsley businesses advised to protect themselves from opportunistic thieves

Rural businesses in Barnsley are being advised to protect their property to help drive down rural crime in the district. Opportunistic thieves often target businesses such as farms due to their location, and Inspector Julie Mitchell from the Barnsley West Local Policing Team wants to encourage rural businesses to take steps in order to protect themselves.

Due to the vast area they cover, rural businesses can be particularly hard to police and despite Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) regularly patrolling these rural areas across the district, businesses such as farms are often targeted for high value machinery. I would encourage any business, but particularly members of the farming industry, to take certain steps in order to help protect their business and property. Marking pieces of high value machinery and equipment will act as a deterrent to thieves and will also help to identify any stolen property. There are several types of marking available including forensic and ultra-violet marking. Ensuring that buildings, doors and padlocks are secure will also help to protect property within a business. “I would like to reassure residents that rural crime and protecting businesses is one of our priorities and our PCSOs are currently in the process of visiting farms in the area to provide a crime reduction assessment and follow up with appropriate advice. This is also available to any business that wants it and I would urge any business who would like crime prevention advice to get in touch.

– Inspector Julie Mitchell

Below are some tips on how you can protect your business and how to find out more and get in touch.

  • Make sure areas are well secured and locks on windows and doors are intact.
  • Keep equipment hidden and out of view from areas that are particularly on show or easy to access.
  • Ensure padlocks are secure and where possible, always use a closed shackle padlock as these are much harder to cut. For additional security, have a fabricated metal covering fitted over the padlock to protect it from being easily cut.
  • Mark and photograph all valuable items where possible. This makes it easier for items to be identified and returned, should they be stolen.
  • *If possible, install alarms or CCTV cameras. This will further protect the business while once again acting as a deterrent for thieves.
  • Carry out regular inspections of any outbuildings to ensure they are secure and that nothing has been tampered with over time.
  • To book your free security assessment email businesscrime@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.
  • To access a free business toolkit visit southyorks.police.uk/bizkits.
  • Call 101 to report a crime or visit southyorkshire.police.uk/reportcrime to report a crime online.

Three arrested following Sheffield pub shooting

Three men have been arrested following an alleged shooting at a Sheffield pub on Boxing Day.

The men, aged in their 30s, were arrested on New Year's Eve on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody being questioned by officers.

At around 10.20pm on Saturday, December26, the emergency services were called to the Old Harrow pub in Main Street, Grenoside.

A 26-year-old man was taken to hospital with suspected gunshot wounds. He remains in hospital in a stable condition, recovering from his injuries.

“We know that this pub was busy on Boxing Day night and that there were a number of people either in the pub or outside that may have seen what happened.

“I’d like to appeal to those people directly to come forward and talk to us about what they saw. Any information you have could help us piece together what happened that night.

“I’d also like to reassure the local community that we are working hard to identify those involved in this incident and we are grateful for their understanding while we carry out our enquiries.”

– Det. Insp Richard Partridge, South Yorkshire Police Crime Unit

Three further people, two men and a woman, were arrested earlier in the week in connection with the incident and remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Murder probe launched after body found in Sheffield

A murder investigation has been launched in Sheffield after the body of a man was found in the Darnall area of the city on New Year's Eve.

Murder investigation underway after man's body found in Sheffield

Police were called to an area of Staniforth Road, near to the junction with Frederick Street, at 11.23pm, where the body of a man was found with serious head injuries

Investigations are ongoing to identify the man, who is believed to be aged in his twenties, and a post mortem is due to take place today to find the exact cause of death.

At this early stage our main focus is finding out who this man is establishing the circumstances leading to his death in the last hour of New Year's Eve.

"We believe there were a number of men involved in an assault shortly before officers arrived at the scene where the man was found unconscious and despite treatment from paramedics sadly died a short time later.

"While I understand that incidents like this are worrying for those living locally we have increased patrols by neighbourhood officers to reassurance residents.

"The public often play a key part in any investigation and I would like to hear from anyone who saw an assault in the area of Staniforth Road last night around 11pm. I would also urge anybody who may have been involved in the altercation to contact police and provide me with their version of what took place.

"This investigation is a priority and will have all the resources you would expect to establish what took place and ensure anyone responsible for this man's death will face the full consequences of their actions."

– Det. Chief Inspector Steve Handley, South Yorkshire Police

Any witnesses or anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police via 101 and quoting incident reference number 1023 of the 31 December.

Part of Staniforth Road is expected to remain closed for most of today while the scene continues to be forensically examined.

Murder inquiry launched after Sheffield stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died of stab wounds in Sheffield.

Sheffield police have launched a murder inquiry

The 29-year-old victim, who hs not been named, was treated at the scene by paramedics but died of his injuries a short time later.

Two people, a 36-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and both remain in custody at the present time.

"I understand the local community will be understandably shocked and upset by the events this morning.

"While the investigation is at an early stage, I would like to reassure residents that I do not believe there is any wider danger to members of the public and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation."

– Det. Chief Insp Craig Jackson, South Yorkshire Police
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