A conference on how to tackle youth violence in the UK brought together academics, practitioners and members of the public to discuss links between youth violence, masculinity and mental health. The conference was organised as a collaboration involving the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Unity Gym Project & Sheffield Flourish. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Temi Mwale, director of the London based youth organisation, 4Front.
Sheffield Doc/Fest hosted another world premiere with the launch of Boys Who Like Girls, a film set in Mumbai that explores male violence and masculinity. The film describes a young teenager called Ved who comes from a violent home in the Mumbai slums. After joining a project aiming to foster healthy masculinity he realises there may be a brighter path than the one paved by his abusive and controlling father. Sheffield Live! presenter Martin Carter spoke to film director Inka Achte and producer Liisa Juntunen.
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.
Additional police officers have been deployed in Burngreave following a shooting incident in which a man was wounded. The altercation between rival gangs, thought by police to be individuals of Kurdish and Somalian origin, took place just two days after a 17 year old was stabbed in the same area. Emergency services were called on Wednesday and a man was taken hospital with suspected gunshot wounds, said to be not life theatening. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire Police are urging drivers to avoid driving during the festive period while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The campaign to discourage people from irresponsible drinking emphasises safety and alcohol awareness with the aim to reduce drink driving, alcohol related violent crime, vulnerability, domestic violence and underage drinking. Additional measures include drink drive enforcement, test purchasing, the roll out of fixed penalty notices, working with licensed premises and increased patrols to deter people from drink driving. Bailor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
International Day for the elimination of violence against women, also known as White Ribbon Day, marks the beginning of an annual 16 day international campaign against violence against women. This year South Yorkshire Police are supporting White Ribbon Day with officers and an independent sexual violence advisor available in the police mobile hub in Sheffield City Centre to provide support services and answer questions from the public. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!