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More arrests in bonfire night disorder case

Police have arrested a further three teenagers in connection with the disorder that took place on bonfire night in the Abbeydale Road area of Sheffield.

The aftermath of the incident

The boys, aged 14, 15 and 16-years-old from Sheffield have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

They are in custody being questioned by police.

Yesterday, two 15-year-old boys, a 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

They have now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The investigation continues and officers are keen to hear from anyone with information about the incident. Contact Inspector Ian Stubbs, from the Sheffield South West Local Policing Team, via 101.


Doncaster's new children's service trust 'failing'

An independent children’s services trust - set up after ‘historic failures’ led to the department being removed from the care of Doncaster Council - has been rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted.

All children's services apart from education were removed from Doncaster Council

In the first inspection of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, the watchdog labelled the trust inadequate for the services it provides to children who need ‘help and protection’.

The trust was also told it needed improvement in three out of five inspected areas – children being looked after and achieving permanence, the experiences of care leavers, and the trust’s leadership management and governance.

It received a ‘good’ rating for its adoption services – but because of the rating awarded for child protection the trust has been given an overall rating of ‘inadequate’ by inspectors.

The report has been published today.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust chief executive Paul Moffat said today he knows there ‘is still a lot to do’.

He said: “The inspectors confirmed the challenges we had already identified.

“We are making strong progress against our improvement plan and we are on track to reach the targets which were set for us by the Council and the Government.

“Today’s Ofsted report shows we are heading in the right direction on our rigorous improvement journey to transform services for children, young people and families.”

The trust runs services including fostering, adoption, children’s homes and child protection on behalf of Doncaster council.

It was set up last year after the local authority was stripped of its children’s services in 2013 after the Government deemed them to have a ‘legacy of failure’.'

The Government began supervising children’s services in 2009 following the deaths of seven children in the borough through abuse or neglect over five years.

Less than a year later a serious case review found attacks in Edlington, in which two young boys were tortured by two brothers, aged 11 and 12, had been ‘preventable’.

Have you seen missing Kenneth?

Police in Sheffield are asking help to find missing 74-year-old Kenneth Abson, who has not been seen for nearly a week.

Kenneth was last seen on CCTV at Victoria Court, Sheffield

Kenneth was last seen last Friday, but was captured on CCTV at around 3.35pm on Saturday 21 November leaving his home in Victoria Court, Sheffield.

Kenneth is around 5ft 4ins tall, of very slim build with short grey hair, which is longer on top.

He wears gold-coloured metal framed glasses and generally wears a dark-coloured parka-style coat.

Kenneth is known to go into the city centre frequently.

Concerns are growing for his welfare as he is elderly and has only recently been discharged from hospital.

Have you seen Kenneth, or do you know where he might be?

Please call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 803 of 22 November 2015.

Three women dead after collision in Rotherham

Three women from Doncaster have died after a three-vehicle collision in Maltby yesterday evening.

At around 5.30pm, the women were travelling in a red Toyota Aygo along Tickhill Road in the direction towards Maltby.

The scene of the crash in Maltby

At the same time, a man driving a black Ford Focus was travelling in the opposite direction on Tickhill Road, away from Maltby.

Close to the entrance with Maltby colliery, the two cars and a van, believed to have been leaving the colliery, collided.

The 58-year-old driver of the Aygo and the two passengers in the car, who were 66 and 76, all suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the Focus, aged 28, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The male driver of the van was not injured.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or may have information is asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident number 913 of 26 November 2015.


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Calls for Corbyn to resign over Syria vote revolt

Senior Labour MPs have called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign as tensions within the party rise over whether Britain should join airstrikes on Syria.

It comes after the party leader told MPs in a letter that he could not support military intervention against the so-called Islamic State in the country, sparking a furious backlash from shadow cabinet members who had not yet agreed their position on the matter.

Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to resign Credit: PA

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, former minister John Spellar said Mr Corbyn's behaviour over the vote had been "unacceptable".

It's absolutely right for him to put that view in the shadow cabinet. It's right for them to discuss it.

They thought they were going away to resume that discussion on Monday. He's now trying to pre-empt that and whip up a storm inside the party.

Certainly... they should not resign. They should hold on to those places. If anyone should resign after this incident, it should be Jeremy Corbyn.

– John Spellar, MP for Warley

Another former minister, Fiona Mactaggart, echoed his sentiments - despite saying she was not convinced by the case for bombing either. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, she said:

[Corbyn] hasn't got a strategy to lead the party from where it is to where it needs to be and the people of the country can see that. I think it probably is unsustainable.

I think [quitting] would be a sensible strategy because I think that the division at the moment is causing real problems.

– Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough

Asda avoids 'black Friday' scramble

Leeds-based Asda will not take part in the so called 'black Friday' retail extravaganza today, after the promotion caused chaos in store last year.

Shoppers scrambled for goods this time last year Credit: ITV

It released this statement on its website:

''After listening to you, our customer, this year we have chosen not to take part in just one day of deals as part of the Black Friday flash sales. Instead we're investing in a range of...offers, which are available to you in the lead up to Christmas and into the New Year.''

– Asda spokesman
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Cameron urges Labour MPs to 'do the right thing' on Syria

David Cameron has urged Labour MPs to back plans for the RAF to join airstrikes in Syria, saying they should "do the right thing" and "vote on the basis of the arguments".

David Cameron addressed Commons yesterday Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sparked a furious backlash from MPs when he announced that he could not support military intervention, despite the shadow cabinet not having agreed a position on the issue.

Frontbenchers including shadow education secretary Emily Thornberry have warned that Corbyn faces a rebellion if he tries to whip MPs into voting with him.

Speaking in Malta ahead of a Commonwealth summit, the Prime Minister encouraged wavering MPs to support his motion, saying he believed there was a "compelling case" to take "effective action" in Syria.

I thought many Members of Parliament on all sides of the House of Commons yesterday agreed there was a compelling case, so I would urge all of them to vote on the basis of the arguments for effective action on a compelling case to keep our country safe.

Vote on those arguments and we can do the right thing.

– David Cameron
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