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Sheffield Eagles to return to site of old Don Valley Stadium

Olympic Park Legacy Park

Sheffield Eagles have announced they will be returning to the site of the old Don Valley Stadium when they move into a new community stadium in the Olympic Legacy Park.

The Eagles have secured a £6m investment to fund the building of stadium, which will feature a high quality synthetic pitch, an impressive main stand, a 50-bed hotel, catering and hospitality areas, and facilities developed in partnership with Sheffield’s second University Technical College.

Plans for the new Legacy Park are well advanced and the first phase of the re-development is already underway with the building of a new through school catering for children from 2 to 16 years. The school will open its Primary phase in September 2015, with the second phase opening a year later.

At the same time, Sheffield’s second University Technical College (UTC) will open on the same site, specialising in human sciences and digital technologies.

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When we heard that Don Valley was to close we realised that this could be a terminal blow to Sheffield Eagles as a club, but we have always had to work hard against the odds to survive, so we rolled up our sleeves, thought creatively and formed partnerships with others who have shared a common vision of securing a long term legacy in sport, health and well-being for the site.

At first many said that it was just a pipe dream that would never happen, but we had to make it happen if Eagles were to survive and thrive in Sheffield and the game of Rugby League not be lost to this great city. We have worked with some remarkably talented and visionary people on this project and it is an outstanding testament to what can be achieved by genuine partnership working.

The new stadium will be like no other in this country, in that it will be designed and managed to have multiple uses that reflect the needs of the broader community as well as being a top class facility for performance rugby of both codes. Unlike many sports stadia that has limited uses this one will be constantly in use - for educational and research purposes, community activities, sports development and health and well being support, as well as a venue for professional rugby - and Sheffield Eagles are proud to be part of that as a true community club.

– Ian Anniss, Sheffield Eagles Director of Community, Development and Education
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Woman charged with murder of missing Doncaster man

A 55-year-old woman has tonight been charged with murder following the disappearance of Thomas Groome almost five years ago.

A 55 year old woman has been charged with the murder of Thomas Groome, who has been missing for almost five years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

June Buttle from Doncaster has been charged with the murder of Mr Groome and is due to appear before the town's magistrates tomorrow morning, Wednesday. Mr Groome was last seen on New Year's Day morning 2010 as he left his son's house in Thorne, Doncaster.

He was reported missing by family and police began to investigate his disappearance. A murder investigation was launched in 2012.

Buttle was initially arrested in March 2013. A 34 year-old woman and a 37 year-old man, both from Wheatley, were also arrested in March 2013 on suspicion of murder. They have both today been released without charge.

South Yorks police under fire over child protection

The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal is failing in one of its most important duties - to protect children according to the police watchdog.

Today's report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary says the South Yorkshire force has "limited understanding" of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children. And it's been given six weeks to address its problems. David Hirst reports.

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Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

Doncaster is to become the home of the new National High Speed Rail College.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

The college, as well as a similar centre in Birmingham, will train thousands of new engineers, who are needed to deliver billions of pounds worth of rail contracts over the coming decades, including the new HS2 high speed rail line.

Doncaster’s fast paced rail and engineering renaissance has stepped up a gear this year with over 10,000 people employed in the sector and firms having order books in excess of £1.7billion over the next five years. There is also strong interest from companies looking to locate to one of Britain’s most important railway centres.

I am delighted that our hard work to bring the new National High Speed Rail College to Doncaster has been a success and I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our bid, or supported it. Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering and this decision confirms our position as the home of rail. It’s a great day for Doncaster. It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster
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