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Women’s safety artwork destroyed in Ponderosa Park

A public art installation in Ponderosa Park to raise awareness of women’s safety in public spaces has been destroyed by fire. The collaborative artwork installed by campaign group called Our Bodies Our Streets was recently unveiled in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. Organisers expressed their disappointment and anger on hearing of the destruction. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Evie Hairsine, founder of Our Bodies Our Streets.

Calls grow for independent inquiry into Afghan boy’s death

Refugee agencies and Sheffield MP’s have called for an urgent and independent investigation into the safety of Home Office accommodation arrangements for refugees following the death in Sheffield of a five year old Afghan boy. Mohammed Munib Majeedi died after falling on Wednesday afternoon from a ninth floor window of the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel on Blonk Street. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to John Grayson of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group.

Climate change health risk compared to Covid

Climate action campaigners have called for climate change to be treated as an international health emergency following the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Richard Teasdale of the Sheffield Act Now campaign.

Yorkshire schools join plastic waste art campaign

Children across the UK have transformed thousands of plastic bottle tops into stunning art murals, as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about plastic waste. Fifty five schools from across Yorkshire took part in the recycling campaign including Thurcroft Infants School in Rotherham which has been named among the top ten finalists in the competition for its fish sculpture created from plastic bottle tops, recycled chicken wire, bubble wrap and garden cones. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

UTC boss praises student and staff achievement

University Technical College boss, Jess Stevenson, has applauded the work of Sheffield students and staff in the face of Covid pandemic disruptions. Students across the country have received record A level and GCSE grades for the second consecutive year. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Jess Stevenson, principle of UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

New social housing development in Rotherham

New homes have been built on derelict land to help people in housing need in Rotherham and to provide a route onto the property ladder. The new development at Broom Valley has 44 homes with some to be rented and others available to be purchased through a shared ownership scheme with Rotherham Council. The development has cost around £6 million with part funding from Homes England. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Cllr Amy Brookes, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for housing.

Safety campaign targets driving on drugs

A new campaign has been launched by the Safer Roads Partnership to address a growing problem of driving under the influence of drugs. The #don’tdoit campaign is to run across social media sites targeting young men with an informational video. Sheffield Live! repprter Azz Mohammed spoke to Joanne Wherle of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Campaigners call for climate action

Sheffield environmental activists held a demonstration at the weekend to raise awareness of climate change ahead of the forthcoming UN climate change conference. The UN conference, known as COP26 is to be held in Glasgow in two months time. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Mark Lallemand of Sheffield Extinction Rebellion.