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Scougall hoping for Sheffield United fan power

Sheffield United midfielder Stefan Scougall believes the Bramall Lane supporters can spur the Blades into the League Cup final.

The League One side are a goal down from the first leg, but are in confident mood ahead of the second leg.

Stefan Scougall is looking to cause an upset. Credit: PA

"There is nothing for us to fear and we are going to try to cause an upset - like what happened at the weekend (in the FA Cup fourth round) with Middlesbrough beating Manchester City and Bradford beating Chelsea.

"We have proved ourselves over the last year whenever we have played a team in a higher league that there is nothing to fear. We can go out and cause another upset.

"I think you will have around 30,000 Blades fans at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night, so I think that is going to help us and drive us on a little bit more."

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Men held after death of pensioner in Sheffield

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a pensioner found apparently collapsed in the street.

South Yorkshire Police said they were called to Worrall Road, in the Hillsborough area of Sheffield, after an 80-year-old woman was found in the street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said the woman's death was "unexplained" but later said they had arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

A spokesman said:

He said the arrested man remains in custody.

Formal identification of the woman and a post-mortem examination have yet to take place, he said.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman in Sheffield today.

Emergency services were called at around 9.30am this morning to reports of an 80-year-old woman who appeared to have collapsed in Worrall Road, in the Hillsborough area.

The woman was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

Worrall Road was closed while police carried out enquiries. The road has since been reopened but a small cordon will remain in place around the scene.

– South Yorkshire Police

Two held over Sheffield city centre shooting

Two men have been arrested in connection with a shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead.

A 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old man are being questioned on suspicion of the murder of Jordan Thomas, who suffered fatal injuries when he was shot in a car in Sheffield city centre on Sunday night.

A 27-year-old man was seriously injured in the attack.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Two men have been arrested this morning in connection with the fatal shooting in Sheffield on Sunday evening on Derek Dooley Way.

"Both men, aged 25 and 32 years old, were arrested in Sheffield on suspicion of murder. They are currently in police custody being questioned by officers.

"Police are continuing to investigate and are conducting further inquiries, and would still urge the public to please come forward if they have any information."

Detectives said they believed the shooting could have been a targeted attack.

Deputy PM says Sheffield shooting is a "tragedy"

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, said the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in the city centre, was a "tragedy" and urged anyone with information to talk to the police.

In a message on Twitter, Mr Clegg said he was "shocked to hear what happened."

Man shot dead in Sheffield city centre

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A man has been shot dead and another injured as they sat in a car in Sheffield city centre.

The men, both 22, were shot in Derek Dooley Way, Sheffield, at around 10.15pm on Sunday, South Yorkshire Police said.

They were taken to hospital but the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead. The passenger remains in hospital in a stable condition, police said.

Both men are from the Sheffield area. No one has been arrested, police said.

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Sheffield MP warns club bosses against Evans' return

Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield has called on Sheffield United to reconsider its decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans back on the training field, warning bosses they were ‘dragging the club through the mud’.

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The Labour politician and lifelong Blades fan has written an open letter to the club’s co-chairmen Kavin McCabe and Jim Phipps, published on his Facebook page.

I have not commented publicly on the issue until now because I was confident, on the basis of our discussions over several months, that you would make the right decision in accordance with the values of our club and because I didn't want to add to the damage to our reputation by needless speculation.

I also sought to reassure people who contacted me about the good intentions of the club. Sadly, it appears I was wrong.

– Paul Blomfield MP, Sheffield Central (Lab)

Mr Blomfield said he “strongly agreed” with the principle of rehabilitation – but pointed out that Evans had not taken the first step towards doing so, continuing to deny his guilt and trivialising his crime by referring to it as an “act of infidelity”.

Family filmed trying to force giant sofa into tiny car

A family in Sheffield has unwittingly become an Internet sensation after being captured on film attempting to shoehorn a large sofa into a small family car.

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook by an onlooker on Tuesday, had received more than 50,000 hits at time of writing, and has even prompted a spoof remake set to the Benny Hill Show theme tune.

Three people are shown trying to manhandle a three-seat sofa into the back of a small car in a task that seems doomed to failure from the outset.

They are then shown removing the cushions in a last ditch attempt to defy the laws of physics.

Murder probe after man found with gunshot wounds

A murder inquiry has been launched after a man was found on wasteland with apparent gunshot wounds.

Emergency services were called to the patch of ground off Queen Mary Road in the Manor area of Sheffield at around 2.20am today.

The 23-year-old was taken to hospital but later died, police said.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "A 23-year-old man, who is yet to be formally identified, was taken to hospital with what were believed to be gunshot wounds. He died a short time later."

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Fatal Sheffield house fire 'caused by faulty charger'

A Sheffield house fire that killed three generations of the same family was most probably caused by a faulty charger, police have said.

A police officers at the scene of the fatal fire earlier this month. Credit: ITV Calendar

South Yorkshire Police said in a statement: "Following a joint investigation, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have found that the most probable cause of the fatal house fire in Wake Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, was an electrical fault involving a faulty charging device.

"However, the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner, and a full inquest into the deaths of the three children and two women will take place at a future date."

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