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"Guns and Knives takes Lives"

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright attends anti-gun and knife crime presentation, ‘Guns and Knives take Lives’

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Couple tied up in Rotherham burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a couple suffered a terrifying attack during the early hours of Friday morning.

The man and woman were asleep in bed at a house on Long Meadows, Bramley, Rotherham, when three masked males burst in.

The raiders, wearing dark clothes and balaclavas, are believed to have entered by forcing a rear patio door.

Two of them tied the couple up, put bedding over their heads and demanded their mobile phones. The man was hit by a fist and a baseball bat, while the woman was punched.

The offenders searched the house and stole items, including a laptop computer, before escaping in the woman’s white VW Golf car.

The victims’ ordeal lasted around 20 minutes. They suffered minor injuries and the man was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital as a precaution. He has since been treated and discharged.

Police are appealing for witnesses or information about the aggravated burglary.

No further investigation into Sir Norman Bettison

No further action will be taken in an investigation into the alleged theft of platinum by Sir Norman Bettison, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Sir Norman Bettison
Sir Norman Bettison Credit: Press Association

An investigation was undertaken by Derbyshire Police in 2013, at the request of South Yorkshire Police (SYP), into the alleged theft and handling of platinum by Sir Norman Bettison in 1987.

The CPS has now confirmed South Yorkshire Police's recommendation that no further action be taken.

The CPS says it has has completed a fresh review of the evidence and decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute.

An essential legal element of the alleged offences is that the prosecution must be able to prove that the goods in question were in fact stolen.

There was insufficient evidence to establish this and as such a prosecution for theft or handling stolen goods is not possible.

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Police release E-fit of suspect

Police have released an E-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with a robbery in Doncaster.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A 65-year-old man was at home in Almond Avenue when a man forced his way into the property between 5.45am and 6.10am on Sunday 9 March.

The suspect punched the victim several times, before leaving with a quantity of cash. Following the attack, the victim was taken to hospital and treated for severe bruising to his face.He was discharged the same day.

The suspect is described as being white and aged between 18 and 25 years old. He was at least 6ft tall and of a slim build, with grey or blue eyes, short black hair, sideburns and a trimmed beard.

He was wearing a grey army-style combat jacket, a black bandana and green and white headwear.

Police forces contemplate merger

South Yorkshire Police's major investigation team could merge with officers from North and West Yorkshire and Humberside in a bid to cut costs.

Police are contemplating a merger

Chief constables from all four forces are to discus the proposal, which could lead to a reduction in the number of detectives, police officers and civilian investigators.

It is one of a number of mergers being considered by police chiefs, in a bid to save fifty million pounds over the next four years.

Hoax 999 callers face £90 fine

Hoax 999 callers are being warned they face fines of £90 for wasting police time. On New Year’s Eve last year, a total of 1,710 calls were made to South Yorkshire Police between 7am on 31 December and 7 am on January 1.

This is compared to between 1,100 and 1,200 on an average day or 1,400 on a particularly busy day.

At worst, they could divert police officers away from other, genuine incidents, which could have grave consequences. Many hoax callers are in drink, especially at this time of year, and think it’s acceptable to try and use police officers as a taxi service. Others, who are friendlier but just as serious in terms of time-wasting, want to wish call handlers Happy New Year. I cannot stress enough the importance of only ringing 999 in a genuine emergency.

While a call to 999 to wish handlers a Happy New Year may seem funny after a few pints, I can assure would-be pranksters that we take such incidents seriously

– Tracy Potter, operations manager South Yorkshire Police

Warning over 999 calls

Warning over nuisance calls Credit: PA

South Yorkshire Police are warning the public not to make unnecessary 999 calls tonight, on what is traditionally their busiest night of the year. Some people have even used the emergency number to ask for a taxi home, putting already-stretched police resources under additional pressure.

Between December 20th and 29th, South Yorkshire Police call handlers dealt with a total of 5,471 calls to 999, around 70 per cent of which were not a true emergency. A smaller proportion of those were nuisance calls from people being abusive, wanting a chat or making a false report of crime.

One drunken caller rang to tell police that he had been to the pub and was now in a supermarket. He said he was “letting police know where he was and that he was okay.” One woman kept a call handler on the line for 16 minutes while saying she was drunk and she wasn’t sure what she was reporting.

And another woman rang to complain that officers who had attended her house to deal with a reported crime had “walked dog mess” into the property.

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Murder inquiry launched after man dies a year since street brawl

A 45-year-old man who was critically injured following an altercation in Sheffield over a year ago has died in hospital.

Richard Ismail, known to his friends as Moody, has been in hospital since the incident, which happened on Sunday 11 November 2012 outside Lloyds bar in Division Street. He passed away yesterday.

A post mortem is being carried out today and a murder investigation has now been launched by South Yorkshire Police.

Report: Scargill accuses police of conspiracy

The former miners leader Arthur Scargill has accused South Yorkshire police of conspiring against him at the Battle of Orgreave - one of the most violent clashes of the 1980's miners strike.

Today, nearly 30 years after he was arrested near the pithead, he's written to the police watchdog, the IPCC, calling for a full investigation. South Yorkshire Police, for its part, says it will assist the investigation. David Hirst reports.

South Yorkshire Police: Force will assist IPCC in Scargill "conspiracy file"

South Yorkshire Police has responded to a letter to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) from former President of the National Union of Mineworkers, Arthur Scargill, claiming that a "conspiracy file" was being kept on him:

South Yorkshire Police is aware of the letter dated 19 November, 2013, sent to the IPCC by Arthur Scargill.

“To the best of our knowledge, we do not believe the Force has previously been made aware of these complaints.

“The Force will assist the IPCC in any way following their consideration of the content

– South Yorkshire Police

IPCC "considering content" of Scargill letter

The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) have confirmed they recieved a letter from former President of the National Union of Mineworkers, Arthur Scargill, claiming that a "conspiracy file" was being kept on him.

In a statement they said:

We can confirm we have received a letter from Mr Scargill and we are considering it's content

– Independent Police Complaints Commission
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