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Safer roads group urge more caution from drivers

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is urging road users to be cautious and “do the right thing” when it comes to speed. The campaign group has joined forces with South Yorkshire Police to raise awareness about the dangers of speeding. Nationally, excess speed is a contributory factor in one in three fatal road collisions. “The Slow Down Save Lives” campaign aims to remind people of the risks and consequences of speeding and encourage them to stick to the limit and travel to the conditions of the road. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Activists demand end to bus privatisation

Environmental activists and trade unionists gathered outside Sheffield Town hall with a call to bring buses back into public ownership. The demonstration was organised by the Sheffield Climate Campaign Umbrella Group COP26 Coalition. Fran Posthlethwaite from Better Buses for South Yorkshire campaign group said the buses are “in crisis and fare prices have gone through the roof”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Union calls for further support for UK steel firms

Following the nationalisation of Sheffield Forgemasters, Unite are calling on government to consider nationalising other steel firms. Sheffield Forgemasters was bought out this week by the Ministry of Defence to secure production of defence critical components. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of Unite the Union.

Calls for wildlife corridor in Owlerthorpe fields

Environmental campaigners have launched a petition to save parts of Owlerthorpe fields to provide a wildlife corridor. The fields have been earmarked for new housing with work already started on one of the sites. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Richard Teasdale and Dawn Spier from Sheffield Greenpeace.

Unions welcome Forgemasters deal

Unions and bosses at Sheffield Forgemasters have welcome the deal to nationalise the 215 year old steel firm. The Ministry of Defence is to acquire the company for £2.6 million with a commitment to invest up to £400m in modernisation. The company has a key role in the supply of steel to UK defence industries. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Martin Mayer, secretary of Sheffield Trades Union Council.

Capacity crowd at Tramlines return

Over 40,000 revellers a day attended the sold out three day Tramlines Festival at Hillsborough Park with no mask or social distancing requirements. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Timm Cleasby, operational manger for Tramlines said: “It’s been incredible. Across the city we have had an amazing reaction.” The return of the city’s biggest music festival has been a landmark for the UK live events industry being among the first to join the government’s pilot Events Research Programme to test the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Capacity crowds for Tramlines weekend

Tramlines music festival returned to Sheffield at the weekend with a capacity crowd at the main event and thousands joining Fringe at Tramlines on Devonshire Green. Tramlines Festival 2021 was organised as one of the pilot events in England for which mask and social distancing requirements have been removed. Baillor Jalloh reports from Fringe at Tramlines for Sheffield Live!

Eid celebrations see return of public events

Thousands joined Eid celebrations at the weekend including a family festival at Sheffield’s Umix Centre. With food stalls, face painting and bouncy castles the event followed the easing of lockdown restrictions on 19 July. Sheffield Love! report Baillor Jalloh spoke to event organiser Ali Bathati.

Anti-racism activists show solidarity with England footballers

Stand Up To Racism Sheffield gathered outside Umix centre and other city locations to take to the knee at the weekend in support of England footballers. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukaya Saka suffered racial abused after England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Yasmin Plews, co-founder of Take The Knee Sheffield.