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Sheffield protesters condemn police killings in Nigeria

Protesters gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall to show solidarity with victims of police brutality in Nigeria following the killing by security forces of at least 12 civilians engaged in a peaceful demonstration in the capital Lagos. The killings followed weeks of demonstrations in Nigeria against the activities of a police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad or SARS which has been accused of kidnappings and harassment. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohamed spoke to organiser Leo Nosakhare.

South Yorkshire heads into Tier 3 restrictions

Sheffield and the rest of South Yorkshire are heading into Tier 3 restrictions as Covid-19 cases remain persistently high. People will not be allowed to meet socially with anyone who is not part of their household or support bubble. The government has allocated £41m to support those affected in South Yorkshire by the new restrictions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Susan Hird, consultant in public health at Sheffield Council.

Leadmill venue gains government funding award

The Leadmill music venue has been granted £240,000 from the government Cultural Recovery Fund to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is part of the £1.57bn government handout designed to help arts organisations survive losses caused by the lockdown. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Sam Feeley, promoter at The Leadmill.

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.