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Sheffield Year of Reading launched

Sheffield Council has launched a citywide celebration of creativity and the written word under the banner Sheffield Year of Reading 2020 with an invitation to all to take part. The aim is to encourage people from all walks of life to read books, journals or articles and to help younger children develop key reading skills. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Residents seek answers after shooting in Arbourthorne

A group of Arbourthorne residents have come together to call a public meeting after a spike in violent knife and gun crime in the area, including the shooting of a 12 year old boy at the weekend. Organisers of the meeting say that they are inviting all residents to attend, together with local councillors and the police, to discuss what needs to be done to make the area safe for residents. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Government help sought to save South Yorkshire steel jobs

The GMB union has called on the government to help steel firms in the UK after Liberty Steel announced plans to axe nearly three hundred jobs in South Yorkshire. Around 250 jobs in Stocksbridge, 17 in Rotherham, and 15 in Brinsworth are under threat as well as 70 in Newport, South Wales. Liberty Steel has blamed “challenging” market conditions and a reduction in demand for UK steel products. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to William Dalton, regional organiser for the GMB union in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield community activist condemns killing of Iranian leader

An Iranian community activist living in Sheffield has condemned the killing of General Qasseim Sulleimani by a US drone strike. In an interview with Sheffield Live! Manuchehr said he believes Sulleimani had active roles in conflicts across the region but the assassination was “against international law”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Council apology sought over tree dispute

Sheffield tree campaigners have asked the Council to apologise after a new report revealed that many felled trees could have been saved by simple repairs. The joint report by Sheffield Council, Amey and Sheffield Trees Action Group contradicts the local authority’s claim that there were no easy engineering solutions to save hundreds of healthy trees. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Heart of Steel sculpture unveiled

Thousands of people have had their names engraved onto a 2.4 metre-high steel heart sculpture which has been unveiled at Meadowhall to raise money for heart research. The British Heart Foundation is raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for heart and circulatory diseases, including heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and risk factors such as diabetes. The Heart of Steel sculpture has already raised more than £500,000 since it was designed by artist Steve Mehdi. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Businesses see stability in election outcome

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce, told Sheffield Live! the General Election results will improve business certainty and raise consumer confidence. Meanwhile, the pound and shares have surged after the Conservatives achieved an overwhelming parliamentary majority. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Labour MPs reflect on election defeat

Sheffield MPs Louis Haigh and Clive Bett have said they are very disappointed with the election results. Both MPs were re-elected on Thursday with a big majority while nationally Labour suffered its worst election defeat for decades. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has promised to repay the trust put in him by Labour supporters who voted Conservative for the first time. MIckey Conn reports for Sheffield Live!