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.
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.
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 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
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
Former President of the National Union of Mineworkers, Arthur Scargill, has sent a letter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) claiming that the police were preparing a "conspiracy file for Scargill", and that his arrest during the "Battle of Orgreave", in 1984, was premeditated:
On or around 5 June 1984...the National Officials of the National Union of Mineworkers...were informed by my Counsel that whilst he and a solicitor had attended police headquarters in Sheffield, South Yorkshire...they had accidentally seen a file marked ‘Scargill Conspiracy File’.
...my Counsel made clear that it was a serious matter if the police were compiling a conspiracy file in relation to me, and advised the three NUM National Officials including myself to adopt a course of action to protect me physically and against any attempt at a ‘stitch-up’ by undercover officers...
...It is a matter of public record that upon my arrival at Orgreave on 30th May, I was arrested within approximately 15 seconds – by Chief Superintendent Nesbit, who admitted in Court on 13th December 1984 I was the only person he had arrested in his position as Chief Superintendent.
It was obvious then and it is obvious now that decisions were taken at the very highest level to arrest me – apparently on any charge – immediately when I arrived at Orgreave Coking Plant on 30 May 1984. In light of this information I feel the IPCC should conduct an investigation...
Extra police patrols are being put on in South Yorkshire from tonight as the county's police force tries to stop any Halloween and bonfire night-related anti-social behaviour.
South Yorkshire Police have made 131 arrests since the start of October as part of Operation Lockdown.
The operation is focussed on cracking down on burglary and car crime. It was launched in response to a two per cent rise in such crimes between April and August, compared to the same period in 2012.
A Polish teenager from South Yorkshire who had been missing has been found.
Szymon Sliwa, 17, had not been seen since Wednesday 9 October 2013.
He was located safe and well today.
South Yorkshire Police have released CCTV images of a man they are looking for in connection with a burglary in Doncaster on Friday morning.
He is thought to be between 18-35 years old, around 6 ft, of slim build with a prominent nose and ears.
The burglary took place on Old Road in Conisbrough in Doncaster on the morning of Friday 11th October.