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Sheffield school re-opens after crash

Fir Vale School in Page Hall has re-opened on Wednesday after an incident on Tuesday morning when a black BMW was driven at speed into the school grounds before it ploughed into the front doors of the school. Two men were arrested in what South Yorkshire Police describe as “an isolated incident”. No staff or students were reported to have been injured but the school was evacuated. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Workers celebrate HeartUnions week

Trades unionists gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall on Monday demanding a better pay for public sector workers and an end to zero hours contract as part of the TUC’s HeartUnions Week. The demonstration was organised by Sheffield Trades Union Council. It comes ahead of two days of industrial action planned for next week by the University and College Union who are seeking protection of their pension scheme. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Vince Cable: Tuition fees promise was a bad mistake

Liberal Democrats leader, Sir Vince Cable, has told Sheffield Live! his party’s promise not to increase tuition fees during the campaign in the 2010 general election “was a bad mistake”. The former Business Secretary was in Sheffield to meet with Lib Dem activists to discuss party policies and to support the campaign to save from closure the NHS Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane and the Minor Injuries Unit at Hallamshire Hospital. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Councillor Magid prepares for Lord Mayor role

Green Party councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor Magid Magid, due to take over in May the largely ceremonial role of Lord Mayor of Sheffield, spoke to Sheffield Live! on what he hopes to achieve. Magid chaired his first full Council meeting at the Town Hall this week, in which tree campaigners staged a sit-in protest against Amey’s tree felling programme. He has also been in the media spotlight as an undercover fugitive evading secret agents in the Channel 4 reality TV show Hunted. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Tree protesters storm council chamber

Around twenty protesters stormed the council chamber at Sheffield Town Hall following a three and a half hour meeting on Wednesday. Tree campaigners demanded to see the £2 billion contract between Amey and Sheffield City Council that has led to the city-wide felling of trees. The group continued a sit in at the Town Hall until the early hours of Thursday morning. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Paul Turpin, a Sheffield Green Party member involved in the protest.

Niche Night Club given green light to continue

Sheffield Council Licensing Committee has decided not to revoke the Niche Night Club licence after a recent stabbing incident led to the premises being temporarily closed. Earlier a group of supporters held a march to campaign for the club to remain open. The venue was closed after five men were injured in an incident believed to have started at the night club. The club will re-open subject to meeting a number of conditions including an increase in security staff and a review of training and security arrangements. The club will also be required to use plastic cups instead of glasses. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to march organiser David Blythen.

Plaque to honour women’s suffrage campaigners

A new plaque to honour Sheffield women’s suffrage movement activists who campaigned for the right vote is to be installed at their former shop on Chapel Walk. Following a campaign to honour the women by Sheffield Young People’s Equality Group, and a successful crowd-funding appeal, approval has now been granted and the plaque will be installed on International Women’s Day on March 8. The plaque forms part of the celebrations to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the Peoples Act 2018 which gave women over 30 and ‘of property’ the right to vote. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!