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Rotherham councillor calls for legal review on parental access rights for rapists

Rotherham Councillor Emma Hodinott, cabinet member for community safety, told Sheffield Live! she found deeply upsetting the local authority’s involvement in offering a convicted rapist parental access to the victim’s child. Rape victim Sammy Woodhouse, who waived her anonymity to speak out on the issue, said she was “extremely distressed” when she found out Arshid Hussain, who groomed, raped and impregnated her when she was a teenager, was offered a chance to be involved in her son’s future. The authority was criticised for their approach but say they acted within the law. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Campaigners seek second Brexit referendum

Remain campaigners from Sheffield for Europe mounted a lobby outside the Town Hall to call on councillors to support a motion on Brexit. The motion urges MPs to allow a second referendum on the Brexit deal, with the option to remain. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Lord Mayor facing fight challenge

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield has been challenged, during a Town Hall meeting, to go head to head in a boxing match with an Ecclesfield Parish councillor. David Ogle, an independent elected in 2017 to represent the High Green ward issued the challenge to gain support for a community gym in High Green. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield campaigners protest Gaza killings

Dozens joined a solidarity protest outside Sheffield Town Hall to raise awareness of the Israeli occupation and killings of unarmed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protest was organised by the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield remembers victims of Hiroshima

A short remembrance ceremony has been held at the Peace Gardens to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is 73 years since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities resulting in the killing of more than 100,000 people and many more injured. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Zimbabwe in the balance as poll results awaited

As Zimbabweans worldwide await the results of a tightly fought election, Sheffield Live spoke to Michael Mazorodze of the optimism among Sheffield’s Zimbabwean community. The contest is the first since independence without Robert Mugabe on the ballor paper. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Funding bid rejected for Sheffield social housing

Sheffield Council has been told it will not be eligible to borrow additional funding to invest in social housing after having its application to a government scheme rejected. Councillor Jim Steinke, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said the rejection is based on old data and the Council is seeking to challenge the assessment. Sheffield South East MP, Clive Betts, told Sheffield Live! the government has got its priorities wrong. Azz Mohammed reports.