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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.

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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."

Girl, 14, dies and second girl is injured in hit and run

A 14-year-old girl has died and another girl has been seriously injured following a hit and run in Sheffield on Friday night.

Emergency services were called to the Normanton Hill area of the city at about 9.30pm following reports of a road traffic collision.

The car, which failed to stop at the scene, is thought to be small, dark-coloured, and possibly a Volkswagen or a Honda. It was travelling downhill towards the A57 Mosborough Parkway at the time of the collision.

Officers are appealing for the driver of the car to come forward and contact South Yorkshire Police.

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Family cousin: They were 'happy, energetic boys'

A family member of the two women and three children who died in the blaze said he had only just seen the two boys at the weekend and that they were "happy, energetic boys."

Cousin Ishfaq Hussain Kayani spoke to Dom Reynolds at Channel 5 after a grandmother, aunt, two children and a nine-week-old baby died at Wake Road in the Sharrow area of the city.

Sheffield deaths reminder of fire's 'devastating effects'

The house fire that claimed the lives of five people, including three children, in Sheffield is "a tragic reminder of the devastating effects of fire", a spokesperson for the fire service has said.

Phil Shillito, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue area manager, said 25 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze.

He also confirmed that a smoke detector was present in the property.

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