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Man charged with attempted murder following Sheffield shooting

A 26-year-old man has been charged by officers investigating a reported shooting in Chapeltown, Sheffield.

Police were called at around 11pm on Friday 15 July following reports shots had been fired in Burncross Road, Chapeltown Credit: Press Association

Jamie Lee Howden, of Barber Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court at a later date.

Police were called at around 11pm on Friday 15 July following reports shots had been fired in Burncross Road, Chapeltown. Nobody is believed to have been injured during the incident.

Six people, five men and one woman, were arrested in connection with the incident. They remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Police believe boy who died in Rotherham canal was with a group

Officers investigating the death of a boy whose body was recovered from a Rotherham canal last night are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area to come forward.

Around 7pm yesterday, police received reports that an 11-year-old boy, had been seen going into the canal near to Stonerow Way near Parkgate Retail, Rotherham but had disappeared soon after.

Specialist resources attended the scene, including South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance Service. The body of the 11-year-old was recovered from the water at around 11pm.

We have a number of resources investigating the circumstances that led to this tragic incident where sadly a young life has been lost.

We believe that the boy was with a group of around eight other young people when he entered the water at around 7pm.

We are working to establish the full circumstances in the lead up to the incident but we would appeal for anyone who was in the area between 6pm and 7pm, and may have seen a group of young people or has any information, to please get in touch.

– nvestigating officer Temporary Detective Inspector Graham Stead

Police say no-one else was injured during the incident.

Formal identification is yet to have taken place and officers are working with both the coroner and family.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.


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

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.

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