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Murder investigation after man found dead in street

Police have launched a murder investigation after one man was found dead and a second seriously injured in a residential street in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

The whole of Grosvenor Road in Rotherham is being treated as a crime scene
The whole of Grosvenor Road in Rotherham is being treated as a crime scene Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn

A police statement said the incident followed "sightings of a man brandishing a machete in Eastwood and Rotherham town centre".

Emergency service were called to the Grosvenor Road area of the town shortly after 2pm today. The street is cordoned off and forensics experts are at the scene.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

Toddler in hospital after dog attack

A two-year-old girl is being treated for serious injuries after she was mauled by a Rottweiler in Rotherham.

The toddler was attacked yesterday morning in Rawmarsh, South Yorkshire by the family pet, who is believed to have been on a lead at the time.

A police spokesman said: “The girl was taken by ambulance to Rotherham District General Hospital suffering from what are believed to be serious injuries to her head and to her leg.

"She has since been transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital."

Police described the child’s condition as stable and not life-threatening.

Full council statement on UKIP foster parent decision

Rotherham Borough Council has released the following statement regarding the decision to remove two children from their foster parents, who were found to be UKIP members:

Rotherham Borough Council can today confirm the conclusions of a review of its decision to end a foster placement with carers who were members of UKIP.

Following this detailed review, we are clear that the action taken to remove the children was in their best interests.

However, we accept the impression left following media interviews on the morning of 24th November was that the removal of the children was solely because of the foster carers’ membership of UKIP and the Council apologises for this.

As this is a child care case legal reasons continue to prevent us from releasing further details. However, we know that there are important lessons the Council must learn. As a consequence the Council has taken action to strengthen the way it makes decisions, communicates and shares information.

The Council can confirm that membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham and could not be a reason for removing foster children from a placement.

The Council would again like to thank all the foster carers in our community for the devotion they show in looking after some of the most vulnerable children in the borough.

– statement, rotherham metropolitan borough council

Read: Council sorry for removing foster kids from UKIP couple

Council sorry for removing foster kids from UKIP couple

Rotherham Council has apologised over the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents, admitting that membership of UKIP was not a valid reason.

The couple told ITV News that 'politics shouldn't come into' decisions about foster care
The couple told ITV News that 'politics shouldn't come into' decisions about foster care Credit: ITV News

The couple - a qualified nursery nurse and former Royal Navy reservist - had the three Eastern European children in their care removed last November after the council reportedly received an anonymous tip-off about their membership of the right-wing party.

The council maintained that the removal of the siblings last November was in their "best interests," but added that "membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham".

Watch: Fostering 'not about politics' couple tells ITV News

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Couple wants issue cleared up about 'white-only adoption'

We had no discussions whatsoever [with the council].

If there had been some discussion this would all have been prevented.

We would have been able to talk to them, they would have been able to question us on our views...

We want a letter stating we won't have a slur on our records and we also want the issue cleared about only being able to foster white children.

Children are children and politics shouldn't come into it.

– ANONYMOUS FOSTER MOTHER

Fostering 'not about politics' says Rotherham UKIP couple

In my mind, fostering and adoption isn't about politics it's about giving care for the children, a safe living home where they can grow up into all-rounded citizens.

It's not about politics... They [the council] should apologise... We need some sort of assurance from the council that it [membership of UKIP] isn't going to make a difference.

– Anonymous foster father
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