Green Party councillor Alison Teal and Sheffield Trees Action Group (STAG) chair Dave Dilner have vowed to appeal a High Court decision preventing ‘direct action’ protests against tree felling. Teal and Dilner expressed disappointment at the ruling in Sheffield Council’s favour allowing injunctions to be granted against them, Calvin Payne and “persons unknown”. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield City Council has won a court battle to bring injunctions against protesters taking “unlawful direct action” to prevent trees being felled. About 5,000 trees have been cut down after being assessed as diseased, dying or dangerous, but campaigners say some healthy trees have also been lost. Orders have been made against three people, Dave Dilner the chair of Sheffield Trees Action Group (STAG), Green Party councillor Alison Teal and tree campaigner Calvin Payne, plus “persons unknown”. The council say the ruling will prevent “catastrophic financial consequences”. Under the terms of the injunction protesters will be barred from “continuing to take unlawful direct action” or from encouraging others to direct action, including entering “safety zones” erected around trees being felled. Councillor Bryan Lodge the cabinet member for the environment read a prepared statement outside the town hall today. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
The 70th anniversary of the creation of the state of Pakistan was celebrated in Sheffield with an Independence Day party in Barker’s Pool. The anniversary recalls the partition of India following the end of the British Raj and the declaration of Pakistan as an independent state. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to event organiser Nasar Raoof and singer-songwriter Ahmad Hussain.
A new study has revealed that people in the UK overspend by 1.7 billion pounds a year on home broadband due to out-of-contract price hikes. Seventy per cent of people in Sheffield are estimated to be out of contract with their providers and potentially facing avoidable price increases. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to TV dragon and finance expert Sarah Willingham.
With finals underway in swimming, track and field and other competitions, awards have been flowing at Special Olympics 2017. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
World War One hero, Sgt Arnold Loosemore, awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery has been honoured by a plaque unveiled at Barker’s Pool. Sgt Loosemore of the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment won the medal for action one hundred years ago, on 11 August 1917, when he single-handedly engaged with the enemy on the frontline of the war in Belgium. He was one of seven Loosemore brothers from the city to serve in the war. The plaque at the Sheffield Cenotaph is part of a national scheme to remember all World War One recipients of the medal. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The Special Olympics 2017 GB National Games have drawn to a close with a final day of competition, medals and closing celebrations for athletes and supporters. The country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, with 2600 participants, took place at thirteen venues across Sheffield. The event, held every four years, was last hosted in Sheffield in 1993. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed introduces day four of our Special Olympics 2017 highlights.
Emotions were flying high on the third day of Special Olympics Great Britain 2017 as the awards flowed at events across the city. Sheffield Live! caught up with more of the medal winners and competitors, with sports action including gymnastics at ICE Sheffield and badminton at English Institute of Sports, plus more highlights from track and field at the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium on Woodbourn Road. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed introduces day three of our Special Olympics 2017 highlights.
On the 20th anniversary of the murder of Patricia Grainger, her son Daniel has launched a new police appeal for information in a bid to bring the killer to justice. Daniel Grainger was just five years old when his 25 year old mother was strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted near her home in Parsons Cross on 10 August 1997. Her body was dumped in a brook in nearby woodland and her killer never found. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
On the morning after the opening ceremony for Special Olympics 2017 there were bronze, silver and gold medals glinting in the sun as serious competition got underway at venues across Sheffield. With 2600 athletes competing across twenty sports in thirteen Sheffield venues, the medals tally has begun to roll. Among the first winners were those in swimming events at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed introduces day two of our Special Olympics 2017 highlights.