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South Yorks Police face fresh claims over sex abuse in Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police is facing fresh claims that officers did not properly investigate allegations of sexual abuse in Sheffield.

MPs have called for a probe into the force, which is also under fire for abuse uncovered in Rotherham. It's claimed officers knew hundreds of girls were at risk of sexual exploitation.

The force says it always arrests, investigates and charges offenders if there is enough evidence.

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PCC: Details are 'crucial first step' for force to move forward amid more abuse claims

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire says finding out more about the past is a "crucial step" in getting the force to a "better place".

Dr Alan Billings was reacting to fresh claims that South Yorkshire Police was aware of, but did not fully investigate, claims that hundreds of children were at risk of sexual exploitation in the city.

This represents further criticism of South Yorkshire Police. I was elected in November to hold the Force to account, but I am not confident that we know everything that should be known about the past – which is the crucial first step for the Force to get itself into a better place. Steps are being taken to address these issues and I recently announced an extra 62 officers for the Public Protection Unit where issues of child abuse are investigated. Since my appointment in November I have spent time with victims, survivors and their families to try to understand their frustrations. I have been listening to their stories and experiences. This is already providing me with information I am communicating to South Yorkshire Police in order to help them address the areas they need to improve. If anyone has any information to help identify perpetrators of child sexual exploitation, or would like to talk about their experiences as an employee of the Force, I would ask them to come forward. They will be listened to and taken seriously.

– Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire PCC

IPPC: Officers have case to answer over death in custody

Two police officers, one of whom brought a puppy to work, have been found to have a case to answer after the death of a man in custody was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

IPPC: Officers have case to answer over death in custody

Neil Budziszewski, 42, died in a cell at Ecclesfield police station in Sheffield on 3 May 2013. He had been in the custody of South Yorkshire Police from the afternoon of 2 May 2013 and was due to appear before magistrates charged with theft.

Mr Budziszewski, who was alcohol dependent and had taken methadone on the day he was arrested, was found unresponsive in a cell and despite efforts by police officers and a paramedic to save his life was pronounced dead.

The police watchdog examined the circumstances of Mr Budziszewski's arrest, detention and medical care, focusing on the actions of three police officers, two sergeants and an inspector, and two custody detention officers.

Investigators found that Sergeant Nigel Govier and Sergeant Paul Telero had a case to answer for misconduct over issues surrounding risk assessments, custody records, medical assessments and a shift change handover.

Sgt Telero was found to have brought a puppy into the custody suite during his shift, but as there are no existing policies relating to pets at work, was not found to have breached any rules. Investigators described his actions as "unwise and unprofessional".

Sergeant Nigel Govier and Sergeant Paul Telero had a case to answer for misconduct over issues surrounding risk assessments, custody records, medical assessments and a shift change handover.

– IPCC Kathryn Stone OBE

Police appeal after alleged Sheffield rape

Detectives investigating an alleged rape in Sheffield have issued a CCTV image of a man they believe may hold vital information.

Police believe this man could assist with their enquiries into an alleged rape Credit: South Yorkshire Police

At around 8.15am on Saturday 6 December, it is reported that a 29-year-old woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault by an unknown man at a property in the Broomhall area of Sheffield.

Despite extensive enquiries, no arrests have been made.

Officers believe the man pictured could assist with enquiries and are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

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Ex-inspector insists senior cops set out to blame fans for Hillsborough disaster

A retired police inspector has denied telling "bare-faced lies" that senior officers set out a strategy to blame drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster.

Clive Davis also said Norman Bettison, his superior at the time, invited him to the briefing as an opportunity to get them noticed. Andy Bonner reports.

IPCC has interviewed four South Yorkshire Police officers over Ian Watkins investigation

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has revealed that it's interviewed four officers from South Yorkshire Police as part of its investigation into the force's handling of alleagtions against paedophile rock singer Ian Watkins. The IPCC issued a progress report on its investigation following yesterday's acquittal of Watkins former girlfriend Joanne Mjadzelics, who's from Doncaster, of seven child pornography charges. The IPCC said a sergeant and three constables from South Yorkshire had been interviewed but there are further lines of enquiry to be completed in respect of the force.

Police appeal after man assaulted in Sheffield

Police are appealing for information after a 46-year-old man was reportedly assaulted in Woodland Drive, North Anston, in Sheffield on New Year's Eve evening.

At around 5.30pm, the 46-year-old man is believed to have been in Woodland Drive when he was approached by three people, two men and a woman.

There is reported to have been an altercation resulting in one of the men allegedly pushing the 46-year-old to the ground.

The 46-year-old was taken to hospital where he is in a critical condition.

The three people are believed to be around 18 or 19-years-old.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the Woodland Drive area of North Anston around this time yesterday, or who may have information about the incident.

South Yorkshire Police hand out 'Jingle Bells' to deter thieves

Instead of dashing through the snow, mounted officers and horses have been making their way through towns in South Yorkshire this Christmas, offering crime prevention advice and ‘silver bells’ to festive shoppers throughout the county.

PC Tracy Brown with Treeton and PC Julie Bradshaw with Whirlow Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The South Yorkshire Police mounted section was established back in the early 1900s, and every single horse owned by the force is listed in a record book that is over 100 years old.

There are currently ten horses in the mounted section, based at Ring Farm in Cudworth, Barnsley. Each horse is named after an area in South Yorkshire, and then also has a more affectionate name, as T/Sergeant Kate Leake explains: “Hoober and Edlington are the two horses that I ride, however we refer to them as Harry (Hoober) and Eddie (Edlington).

“The names are just a little more personal. Each horse has developed their own personality over the years and they all have very different traits, although they all love extra strong polo mints!”

The other eight horses at the section are called Billy (Brinsworth), Whirly Gig (Whirlow), Fenwicky (Fenwick), Forest (Bawtry), Toon (Treeton), Bernie (Burngreave) Coco (Cawthorne) and George (Oakwell), all of which are Irish Drafts, Clydesdale or Shirecross breeds.

Throughout December, the mounted officers and horses have been out and about in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster, speaking to Christmas shoppers and offering crime prevention advice, as well as handing out ‘silver bells’ which can be attached to handbags and purses to protect people from becoming a victim of purse dipping.

T/Sgt Leake continued: “There is a rise in this sort of crime during the festive period. Opportunistic thieves will target members of the public who are out Christmas shopping and will attempt to take purses and wallets from handbags.

“With the bells attached to the bag, they jingle and alert the person of the attempted theft. The sound of the horses can be heard before we are even seen aswell, which also acts as a great deterrent. Anything we can do to try and protect the public at this time of year from becoming a victim of crime we will endeavour to do.”

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