A new multi-agency campaign has been launched to tackle sexual harassment of women and girls in South Yorkshire supported by Sheffield Council, South Yorkshire Police and community partners. The Know the Line campaign seeks to challenge the attitudes of perpetrators of sexual harassment and to encourage members of the public to look out for the safety of women and girls. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to campaign organiser Ann Butler.
Truth and justice campaign marks one year on from being rebuffed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in their demand for an independent inquiry in to the events and aftermath of the Battle of Orgreave. 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.
Despite a dedicated team of five police officers posted in Burngreave to tackle crime and gang issues after two stabbings and a shooting, local businesses are still concerned. Yousouf Adams who owns Suda Tech on Spital Street, told Sheffield Live! that local businesses would like to see officers present in the evening as most trouble starts when the police are gone. The street violence has involved confrontation between rival gangs from the Kurdish and Somali communities. Police have been given new powers to stop and search suspects and to patrol the area to re-assure residents. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Former Chief Superintendent of South Yorkshire Police, David Duckenfield, officer in charge on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, faces 95 charges of manslaughter. Five other senior figures are to be prosecuted over the 96 deaths and the alleged police cover-up that followed. No manslaughter case is to brought regarding the 96th victim, Tony Bland, as he died four years later after his life support was switched off. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Newly appointed assistant chief constable for South Yorkshire Police, David Hartley, plans to cut gang crime and strengthen neighbourhood policing. In an interview with Sheffield Live! Hartley outlined a new strategy for neighbourhoods, with more officers on the beat, better use of technology and restructuring of the force. Simon Thake reports.
A 44 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following a joint operation involving trading standards officials and South Yorkshire Police. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working with Sheffield City Council’s Trading Standards Department and South Yorkshire Police executed a warrant at a property in Shiregreen, seizing documentation. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire Police have been carrying out an intensive crime sweep, part of Operation Duxford, targeting Sheffield estates and involving hundreds of officers. The dedicated operation in areas including Darnall, Parson Cross, Arbourthorne, Page Hall and Burngreave has included planned visits and intelligence led warrants to tackle crime and to support vulnerable people. Operation Duxford is a force-wide initiative to raise police visibility. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to police superintendent Bob Chapman.