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Deliveroo drivers stage national strike

A rally in Sheffield city centre was organised by the local branch of the International Workers Union (IWGB) in support of the first ever national strike by Deliveroo drivers demanding better pay and conditions. A recent investigation found that some drivers received as little as two pounds an hour for delivering food on the company’s behalf. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Deliveroo driver Ali Raiwy who was at the protest.

Sheffield Live welcomes DAB licence award

The licence to operate a new digital audio broadcasting (DAB) service for Sheffield and Rotherham has been awarded to a partnership of community media organisations including Sheffield Live. Shefcast Digital promises to bring around 25 new local, community and specialist radio services to digital radio audience. Azz Mohammed spoke to Sangita Basudev, chief executive of Sheffield Live and one of the founding directors of Shefcast Digital.

Hundreds join Kill the Bill demonstration on Devonshire Green

Hundreds of demonstrators took part in a further protest at the weekend to oppose the Policing, Sentencing and Courts Bill which critics say gives police excessive powers to crack down on peaceful protest. The Sheffield rally was one of around thirty similar events held at locations across the country. Sheffied Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Abdullah Okud from Black Lives Matter, one of the speakers at the Kill the Bill rally.

Local consortium wins digital broadcasting licence

The licence to operate the new digital audio broadcasting (DAB) service for Sheffield and Rotherham has been awarded to a partnership of community media organisations. Shefcast Digital promises to bring more than 20 new radio services to the DAB platform. Its founding partners include Sheffield Live, Link FM and Redroad FM. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Hafeas Rehman of Link FM.

New tree planting begins on Abbeydale Road

The Abbeydale Road Trees Group have planted their first trees over the weekend following a year of planning. The group are also running a public consultation on what people would want to see in a parklet on the road with plans to start the work over the next few months. Sheffield Live1 reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Joel Gilbert, co founder of Abbeydale Road Trees Group.

Trafficking charity to expand following pandemic

Sheffield based charity, Snowdrop, which provides long-term support to empower survivors of human trafficking is set to expand its services. The charity plans to collaborate with others across the country to provide long term support to assist human trafficking survivors move on from their past. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Snowdrop Project chief executive Lara Bundock.

Hundreds join ‘Kill The Bill’ protest in Sheffield

Hundreds of people took part in a weekend demonstration against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with sit down protests outside Sheffield Town Hall and Snig Hill police station. The demonstration commenced at Devonshire Green and moved through the city centre with roads blocked but no reports of the disorder and anti social behaviour that has been linked to similar protests elsewhere. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Volunteers sought for Dearne Valley heritage project

RSPB Old Moor is working with Chol theatre and arts to bring to the stage memories and history of the Dearne Valley nature reserves. The RSPB are looking for people with an interest in local history and skills in interviewing and storytelling to volunteer as part of the Flock of Stories heritage project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Liz Harding of RSPB Old Moor and to Mandeep Sarma and Lauren Ash of Chol.