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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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Man injured in Barnsley stabbing

A 27-year-old man is hospital being treated for a serious stab wound after an incident this lunchtime in Bransley.

Police were called at around 12.55pm to reports a man had been injured in Wellington Crescent, in Worsbrough. His injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

It is reported that the 27-year-old man was in an altercation with another man. The second man is thought to have left the scene and officers are now trying to find him.

Three Yorkshire officers investigated for gross misconduct after Ian Watkins allegations

Three South Yorkshire Police officers are being investigated for gross misconduct in their handling of allegations relating to former Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins.

Ian Watkins was jailed for 29 years
Ian Watkins was jailed for 29 years

One sergeant and two constables were told by police watchdog the IPCC that their conduct was to be investigated in connections with complaints about three reports made to police between March and May 2012 which contained allegations against Mr Watkins with potential evidence.

Two officers from Bedfordshire police and one from South Wales police are also being investigated.

The former Lost Prophets singer was jailed for 29 years for a string of child sex offences.

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Wedding rings stolen days before ceremony

South Yorkshire Police are searching for a set of wedding rings believed to have been stolen days before the ceremony.

Do you recognise this ring?
Do you recognise this ring?

Two wedding rings were among the items stolen in a burglary at a house in Clay Flat Lane, Rossington, Doncaster, and police are now appealing for information from the public.

Police say the property was broken into between Sunday April 13 and Monday April 14.

Among the property stolen were two Palladium wedding rings, one of which is similar to the ring pictured, and both engraved with the phrase "Brian and Nikki 20/4/2014".

A police spokesman said: "This case was especially upsetting as the couple's wedding rings were stolen less than a week before their marriage ceremony - which did go ahead, but with substitute rings.

"The stolen rings are clearly of great sentimental value and it would mean a huge amount to this newlywed couple to get them back."

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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