Thousands of students across South Yorkshire have received their A-level results with Sheffield students celebrating another year of success. At Silverdale school 72 per cent of pupils got A* to B grades, an increase of 8 per cent compared to last year. A quarter of students achieved A or A* grades, and the results will help to send students to top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and many Russell Group institutions. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sierra Leoneans in Sheffield have expressed concern for their families and loved-ones after mudslides killed more than 600 people with many more missing in the capital, Freetown. The country’s president, Earnest Bai Koroma, has declared a week of mourning after Monday’s heavy rain left hundreds of people homeless and fears mount over the outbreak of diseases such as cholera and typhoid. There are also concerns of further mudslides in the capital as heavy rain has been forecast for the next couple of days. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Nicola Harding, who works at Rotherham’s Myplace performance youth and arts centre, has been shortlisted for the title Young Worker of The Year in the Youth Matters Awards 2017. Harding joins a shortlist with four other young workers from across the country, each of whom have shown outstanding commitment to supporting young people. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
A new report by the End Youth Homelessness Campaign suggests public opinion greatly underestimates the scale of youth homelessness in the UK. The findings show that most people believe there are less than 50,000 homeless young people in the UK whereas studies indicate more than 83,000. The study also revealed commonly held misconceptions, with nearly half of people citing drug or alcohol addiction as among the most common reasons for homelessness. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Claire Collingworth of homelessness charity Roundabout.
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!