Brightside and Hillsborough MP, Gill Furniss, has called for increased police resources to tackle knife crime, in an interview with Sheffield Live! Baillor Jalloh reports.
A group of young Sheffield men are set to visit schools across the city in a campaign to cut down on knife crime. 20 year old Lewis Pask, pro boxer Luke Junior and their friends have devised the “Drop the Knife” campaign to raise awareness of knife crime and its dangers. The initiative comes just a week after two teenagers were stabbed to death in different neighbourhoods. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A news agent in Sheffield who was attacked with a gun in his shop has thanked the police and the public for their support. Sajjad Ahmed Chaudhry, who owns the National News shop in Sharrow was left with bruises and a black eye when masked raiders burst into his shop. Mr Chaudhry wrestled the gun from his attackers and was badly bruised during the ordeal. It is he fifth time he’s been attacked since 1997. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Meadowhall has selected Yorkshire Air Ambulance as their chosen charity for 2018/19 and aims to raise £150k in the next two years. The life saving charity maintains and operates two helicopters with full medical crews covering the Yorkshire region. The YAA said it costs around £12,000 a day to run a single helcopter. The charity replaces the Bluebell Wood Childen’s Centre, which received £128,000 from the centre in the last two years.
Michelle Nicholson, who was behind bars for more than a decade for a murder she says she could not prevent, now spends her life supporting the rehabilitation of women who have experienced the criminal justice system. Nicholson claims she was framed for the murder of her father and has published her story in ‘Without a Voice: One Woman’s Fight for Justice’. After leaving prison she set up the Sheffield-based charity Key Changes – Unlocking Women’s Potential. Nick Coleman reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire victims of crime have shared their experience of the restorative justice system as part of the Restorative Justice Week awareness campaign. Martin Young, a burglary victim, and Summer Greg, who was confined and tortured for over eight hours at a flat in Doncaster, are among those who have opted to meet face-to-face with their offender. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Following recent knife crime incidents in Sheffield’s city centre where six people were injured, South Yorkshire Police have deployed stop and search powers, leading to sixteen arrests. The arrests were the results of officers stopping 70 people over the weekend, including two persons found to be carrying weapons. The stop and search powers, under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, allow police to stop and search a person without having suspicion of a crime. Nationally there has been a 46 percent rise in knife crime. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Detective Superintendent Una Jennings.
South Yorkshire Police have launched a new campaign to reduce knife crime by offering an amnesty to people prepared to hand in their blades. Knife crime in South Yorkshire is up by almost 50 per cent year-on-year with 1,176 incidents to March 2017 compared to 807 incidents in the previous year. The figures include possession of a knife, threat and injury. Police say the number injured from stab wounds has risen steadily in the last five years. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Police executed a number of drug warrants across the city as part of Operation Duxford to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. Thirteen people were arrested in suspicion of drug offences, theft, breach of bail and immigration offences. Baillor Jalloh spoke to chief constable Stephen Watson of South Yorkshire Police.
South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union have teamed up to tackle hate crime in the city. Students and university staff are often reluctant to call in the police when confronted with hate crime. Hallam Union is working with the police to tackle these issues and to help police to communicate with students and staff where necessary. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!