Latest news from the Sheffield Live! teams

Sheffield infection rate flat says health chief

Sheffield’s rate of Covid-19 infections has been flat at around 50 cases per day as infections rise across the country. From Thursday millions of people in England will move to Tier Four coronavirus restrictions however South Yorkshire remains in Tier Three. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield.

Traditional sword dance cancelled due to COVID-19

One of England’s oldest folk dance teams have cancelled their traditional Boxing Day performance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Handsworth Sword Dancers have performed their traditional Yorkshire ‘longsword’ dance every Boxing Day at Woodhouse Cross and Handsworth Church since 1963, continuing a tradition of dancing in midwinter dating back to the 1800s. The performances, which also include a mummers play and renditions of some of Sheffield’s unique carols, normally attract hundreds of spectators. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Food project feeds dozens over Christmas holiday

Sheffield’s award-winning Foodhall Project has been feeding dozens of vulnerable people over the Christmas holiday. Since the coronavirus pandemic begun, the project has helped over 13,000 people, providing emergency food parcels and a place of comfort for those who are isolated. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Louise Pohl, Director of Sheffield Foodhall Project.

A57 congestion fears with Mottram bypass plan

Sheffield Green Party have expressed fears of increased traffic on the A57 Snake Pass route between Sheffield and Manchester that could result from plans for the Mottram bypass to the east of Glossop. The plan could lead to more traffic through Broomhill and Malin Bridge to and from the A57 route over the Pennines. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Roy Morris from Sheffield Green Party.

Former MEP reacts to Brexit deal

Following news of the Brexit deal with the European Union, Sheffield Live! spoke to former Yorkshire and Humber MEP and Sheffield Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed. The UK-EU agreement is to come into effect on 1 January 2021 after the end of the Brexit transition period. The 2000 page document will require ratification by the 27 European Union countries and by the UK Parliament. Azz Mohammed reports.

Residents call for more officers after shop ram raid

Local residents in Jordanthorpe have called on South Yorkshire police to send more patrol officers in the area after a van ram raided a food and wine shop in the early hours of Monday morning stealing a cash till and cigarettes. The call comes after a similar incident happened last week in which another shop was targeted. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Local councillor pays tribute to outgoing Sheffield leader

Councillor Mazher Igbal, the cabinet member for Business at Sheffield City Council has paid tribute to outgoing leader Cllr Julie Dore who announced she was stepping down at then end of this month after nine years in the job. Earlier this week Cllr Bob Johnson was announced as the new leader of the Sheffield Labour party and will replace Julie Dore as the new leader in January.

Employment expert welcomes furlough extension

Shaun Duffy, an employment expert at Sheffield’s Citizen Advice has told Sheffield Live! the extension of the furlough scheme is good news for employers in the region. Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown in England and the extension of the furlough scheme for another five months. Under the scheme employers can claim up to 80% of their employees wages or a maximum of £2500 a month from the government. This also applies to those who are self-employed. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield could return to tier 3 after lockdown says health chief

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, speaking to Sheffield Live! said he believes the city will go back into Tier 3 restrictions when the current lockdown ends. Under the new national lockdown, which came into effect on 5 November, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non essential shops are due to remain closed until 2 December. Azz Mohammed reports.