Sheffield News

Immigration removal centres under scrutiny

Immigration rights campaigners have welcomed a report by MPs on the Home Affairs committee which recommends an end to indefinite detention and better protection for vulnerable detainees such as those who have experienced torture. The cross party parliamentary group said the Home Office has “utterly failed to ensure the safety of people detained in immigration detention centres across the UK”. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to immigration rights campaigner Rosie Huzzard.

Sheffield charity marks Down Syndrome day

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway joined the World Down Syndrome Day campaign to raise awareness of the rights and challenges of people living with Down Syndrome. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Nicola about her experience of living with the condition and to Sheffield Mencap senior manager Dave Swindlehurst.

Council apology over Welsh flag row

Sheffield Council have apologised to the city’s Irish community after mistakenly hoisting the Welsh Red Dragon flag over the Town Hall to mark St Patrick’s Day. Chrissy Meleady of the Irish Community Forum said many people in the community were distressed by the error. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield girl’s WW1 poem adapted for stage

An award winning poem about World War One, written by Sheffield student Molly Meleady-Hanley when she was 11 years old, has been adapted as a play and performed at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. Me Brother Dan has been read at numerous events this year to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of the Somme. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield anti-racism campaigners join global solidarity march

Members of Sheffield Stand Up to Racism campaign were among thousands joining the TUC backed World Against Racism march in London on Saturday. The demonstration was organised to mark UN International Day Against Racism, which takes place on 21 March, and is part of a global campaign held in cities across the world. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke earlier this week to campaign organiser Phil Turner.

Sheffield host England v Scotland dodgeball meet

The newly created British Dodgeball Home Nations League brought its third league fixture to All Saints Sports Centre, Norfolk Park Road, for the meet between England and Scotland dodgeball teams. The Home Nations League was launched in January by British Dodgeball, the national governing body for dodgeball in the UK with the aim to raise awareness and to provide more opportunities for high performance players to develop in the fast growing team sport.

Hundreds attend vigil for Christchurch victims

Hundreds took part in a vigil on Friday evening at Sheffield’s Peace Gardens following the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 50 people died. The main suspect of the attack, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, has since appeared in court and has been charged with murder in connection with the shootings. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield solidarity with New Zealand terror attack victims

Sheffielders expressed sadness and solidarity with victims of the terror attack that took place at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand leaving 49 people confirmed dead and over 20 injured. The gunman live-streamed the attack on social media leaving tech companies struggling to catch-up as the video went viral. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to community leaders at Sheffield’s Madina Mosque and to others who came to show their solidarity.

Government injects £100m to tackle knife crime

South Yorkshire Police are set to share with other police forces across the country an additional £100m of government funding to help deal with the surge in knife crime. The cash is to be used for police overtime and to fund new ‘Violent Crime Reduction Units’. South Yorkshire Police have been running a campaign this week to raise awareness about knife crime and to reduce the numbe of weapons on the streets. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to detective superintendent Una Jennings.