Sheffield News

Campaigners welcome closure of Spearmint Rhino

Campaigners who have sought the closure of Spearmint Rhino on Brown Street have welcomed the company’s decision to surrender its sexual entertainment venue licence. The controversial strip club has been closed since lockdown in March and the property was put on the market in June. Earlier this summer the club also dropped a privacy case against campaigners who had commissioned secret filming of dancers at work. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Charlotte Mead, Sheffield branch manager of the Women’s Equality Party.

Church charity launches care project for BAME communities

Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care has launched a new care service for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. The aim is to support individuals aged 65 and over from BAME communities who are feeling isolated and lonely. Rehneesa Inez who is the BAME Community Engagement Officer for the SCCCC told Sheffield Live! they’re seeking volunteers to help run the project. Baillor Jalloh reports.

More public awareness needed on how to do CPR

As part of Restart a Heart Day, Yorkshire Ambulance and the University of Sheffield’s Acute Care and Trauma Society are raising awareness on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Kuldeep Mathary, a medical student at the University of Sheffield, told Sheffield Live! many people don’t know how to respond when a person’s heart stops beating and more awareness is needed of the lifesaving technique. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield on high alert as Covid cases grow

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has warned Covid-19 cases may continue to rise as second wave takes hold. On Monday the Prime Minister announced a new three-tier system of ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Very High’ Covid risk with Sheffield in the High category.

Activists call for end to hostile environment policy

Over 70 human rights activists mounted a protest outside Vulcan House as part of the Justice For Simba campaign. The protest was part of the “Solidarity Knows No Borders” days of action to end what they describe as the government’s hostile environment towards asylum seekers. Earlier this year Simba Mujakachi was charged nearly £100,000 to receive life saving surgery. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield professor named in BAME 50 list

Sheffield resident and university professor Laura Serrant OBE has been recognised as one of the most influential health figures in the country in the BAME50 list published by Health Service Journal. Serrant, who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University is currently Head of the School of Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to health policy. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Iraqis protest TB test requirement

Dozens of Sheffield Iraqi residents gathered at Vulcan House on Monday to protest the Home Office requirement for Iraqi visitors to be tested for tuberculosis as a condition of travelling to the UK. According to Hemin Qadir, one of the protesters, there is currently no functioning tuberculosis test centre in Iraq and so the condition imposed requires families to travel to neighbouring countries to access testing. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield activists celebrate Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, events are taking place across the UK to celebrate the contributions of Black people in Britain to cultural, political, social and economic life. Black History Month has been celebrated in Sheffield since 1997 though its origins date back to the United States in the 1920s. Artist and activist Tchiyiwe Chihana spoke to Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh about what Black History Month means to her.

Crookes Social Club at risk of closure

Crookes Social Club are appealing to customers to return to help the business survive with bosses saying the club is on the brink of shutting down. Speaking to Sheffield Live! general manager and secretary of the club Maurice Champeau said the new 10pm closing time has affected the business severely. Baillor Jalloh reports.