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Clegg demands 'full explanation' after 'farcical' race

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for a "full explanation" into the "farcical" events of the Sheffield half-marathon.

Read: Half-marathon cancelled due to 'insufficient water'

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. Credit: Press Association

The event was cancelled at the least minute due to water supply issues, but some runners continued anyway, and members of the public supplied water for them.

Read: Public water support for runners who defied race ban

Mr Clegg said:

"Everyone involved deserves a full explanation of how this farcical situation was allowed to happen. Sheffield is an outstanding city of sport. The extraordinary scenes today shouldn't tarnish that reputation.

"The fact that runners who had carried on regardless were still well supplied with water thanks to spectators, tells you everything you need to know about Sheffield people."



Organisers blame health and safety for calling off race

“It is with huge disappointment and regret that we were forced to cancel the 2014 SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon because of a problem with the delivery of water by our suppliers. For health and safety reasons, we were unable to go ahead with race without the required number of water stations throughout the race route. As soon as we learnt of the problem, we did everything in our power to come up with a solution so that the race could go ahead as planned. But, we didn’t want to keep runners and spectators waiting any longer, so we took the decision to call the race off.

“We would like to express our sincerest apologies to everyone involved in the race who has been affected. But we have made the decision based on the best interest of runners and spectators....At this stage we are unable to provide any further information about whether the race will be re-run in the future. With the majority of the race infrastructure in place, many runners decided to run the route as planned. Those who crossed the finish line with their race number will be timed and we will be providing a list of all finishers and their times.”

– Margaret Lilley chairperson Sheffield Half Marathon

Public water support for runners who defied race ban

Several runners have started off on Sheffield's half-marathon despite the announcement that is had been cancelled due to problems over water supply.

Members of the public rallied to hand out water which was purchased at shops to the runners.

A member of the public hands out a bottle of water to the runners. Credit: Neil Tilbrook/Twitter
A man carries a case of bottled water to the race. Credit: Joanne Mathieson/Twitter
Tens of runners continued on with the race regardless of the cancellation. Credit: Joanne Mathieson/Twitter

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Runners set off on Sheffield race despite cancellation


Several runners set off to run the course despite announcement Sheffield Half Marathon was cancelled


Several runners have started off on Sheffield's half-marathon despite the announcement that is has been cancelled due to problems over water supply.

Read: Organisers apologise for water delivery failure

Organisers apologise for water delivery failure

Sheffield Marathon organisers have tweeted their "disappointment and regret" over the cancellation of the half marathon, due to a "problem with the delivery of water."

Their website is currently down.


It is with huge dissapointment & regret that we have been forced to cancel this year's race due to a problem with the delivery of water.


We would like to express our sincerest apologies to everyone involved in the race who will be affected. We will update you future plans asap


Half-marathon cancelled due to 'insufficient water'

The Sheffield half-marathon has been cancelled moments before it was due to start due to "insufficient water supplies."

Some runners attempted to start the race but road blocks were set up by South Yorkshire Police.


Determined runners and volunteers doing the Sheffield half marathon inspite of the cancellation! Great effort!!!!


Man who kept slave won't have sentence extended

David Rooke's six-and-a-half year jail sentence has been upheld.
David Rooke's six-and-a-half year jail sentence has been upheld. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Leading judges have rejected a challenge brought against the six-and-a-half-year jail sentence handed out to an ice cream business owner who kept a vulnerable man like a "slave".

David Rooke, from Sheffield, forced Craig Kinsella, 34, to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings and ended up scavenging for food in bins.

He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in January after admitting false imprisonment and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm.

David Rooke pictured attacking Craig Kinsella, 34
David Rooke admitted falsely imprisoning and attacking Craig Kinsella, 34 Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London dismissed an application today by Attorney General Dominic Grieve over the "too low" prison term imposed in the case of Mr Rooke.

Mr Grieve had asked Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Stewart to review the term to rule on whether it could be regarded as "unduly lenient".

Rejecting the application, Lady Justice Rafferty said the sentencing judge had not "fallen into error" in what was a "difficult sentencing exercise".

Slavery victim is son of 'anti-slavery' police officer

A vulnerable man who was treated like a slave by a Sheffield family is the adopted son of a former South Yorkshire Police officer.

The Sheffield Star reports the 34-year-old victim is the son of Former Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Kinsella, who established the city's Human Trafficking Centre.

The home in which Craig Kinsella was held has been vandalised following the family's convictions. Credit: Press Association

Now retired, the former officer was involved in drafting the Government's anti-slavery policy.

Speaking to the newspaper, Mr Kinsella said: "This came out of the blue. We had no idea it was happening to Craig. I’ve never doubted this could happen to any family – I used to say that when I gave talks. It’s just ironic it has actually happened to us.

“And unfortunately it re-enforces the message I’ve spent years trying to get across.”

David Rooke, 44, his wife Donna, 40, and son Jamie, 19, were all jailed on at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday by a judge who heard that Craig Kinsella endured daily attacks.

The court was told that the family beat him with a range of weapons while forcing him to work 17-hour days without pay and making him sleep in a garage with a bucket for a toilet.

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