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Black Lives Matter rally to take place in Sheffield

Organisers say they want to show solidarity with black victims of police violence in the US. Credit: Press Association

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a Black Lives Matter peace march in Sheffield today.

Organisers of the event say they want to show solidarity with black victims of police violence in the US.

Protestors are hoping to gather at Devonshire Green from 4.30pm, before marching through the city centre to Barker's Pool where an event will take place.

This is a rally to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and to show that we in Sheffield are aware of the racism and injustice in America. Everyone is welcome, but the message is Black Love and Black Power.

– Spokesman

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Sheffield children's playgrounds to become smoke-free zones

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Sheffield City Council will launch its smoke-free playground policy across 152 children's playgrounds across the city today.

Signage which has been developed in collaboration with Sheffield schoolchildren will be clearly displayed at entrances to all playgrounds to inform people about the new policy.

The Council wants to change social norms around smoking and reduce the number of children who start smoking each year in the city.

The policy comes as a result of a consultation with 1500 local people including smokers, non-smokers, parents, non-parents and e-cigarette users.

Parents and children will be encouraged to pledge their support to keep playgrounds smoke free at the launch event.

Joint search operation launched for 'person seen entering Rotherham canal'

A search operation involving both police and fire rescue service has been launched in Rotherham tonight after a person was seen entering the town's Fitzwilliam Canal.

Officers say they were called to Stone Row Way, Parkgate at 7.05pm this evening to reports that a person was seen entering the waters.

Searches are underway at the Canal with more details expected shortly.

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Lord Blunkett to receive honorary degree

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Lord Blunkett will be presented with an honorary degree at the University of Sheffield today.

The former Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, and Sheffield Council leader is being honoured for his contribution to British politics.

Squash player Nick Matthew OBE will also be honoured at the ceremony. Matthew, 35, has won the prestigious World Open and the British Open three times each.

He will be awarded for his notable contribution to sport.

Sheffield signs £1bn China investment deal

  • Video report by Jon Hill

Sheffield City Council has signed a £1bn investment deal with a Chinese construction firm.

The deal, which some say will change the face of Sheffield and secure investment for the next generation, is the biggest of its kind outside London.

The 60-year partnership with Sichuan Guodong Constructions group will initially mean funding for five city centre projects over the next three years.

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