LIVE: South Yorkshire Today

Welcome to the JUS News Liveblog on Monday 27th February. The week is new, but the month is nearly over. Follow along for the latest news from around South Yorkshire, or get in touch if you think there’s something you think we should be covering. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Summary

17:00 – That’s the ball game for today. We’ll be back next Monday, meanwhile keep up to date with our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

16:57 – No need to be sheepish

Following our popular story earlier on the Cannon Hill lambs, Luke Wilson went down to Cannon Farm today and spoke to Robert Nicholson who runs the farm.

If you’ve got any suggestions of names for the new-born lambs, (Edwin Van der Baaar, Alan Shear-er, Peter Ram-age, Alan Lamb, Bleat Waterman) feel free to tweet us @JUS_News.

Best suggestion wins a pot Lidl value of mint sauce. Other condiments and supermarkets are available.

16:40 – Eating Disorder Awareness Week to challenge stigma

This week, Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March is Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

According to Anorexia and Bulimia Care, 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by eating disorders.

Grace Holliday looks at the issue, and speaks to those who have suffered with the illness.

16:30 – PCS campaigner says Jobcentre should stay open

Further to earlier news about the protests to save Manor Top Jobcentre (see 11:30). Tom Bishall from the public sector union PCS spoke to JUS News.

16:25 – Fake news not JUS News

With fake news having already been the buzz of 2017. Unlike a Donald Trump or Sean Spicer media briefing, you’re all invited to read Hannah Galtress’ piece as she delves in to the topic, and tries to work out what fake news is.

16:13 – Sheffield beauticians needed to help cancer suffers ‘Look Good, Feel Better’

Cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better are seeking trained beauticians in Sheffield to give beauty treatments to cancer sufferers.

The charity has been running workshops since 1996 in Sheffield, but a lack of current volunteers is putting them at risk.

Look Good Feel Better workshop.

16:08 – The kids are alright for United tonight

Blades fans will be hoping for more success on the pitch tonight as their U23 side takes on Birmingham City U23 in the Premier League Cup at Bramall Lane.

Kick-off is at 7pm, admission is £3 or free for season ticket holders.

16:03 – Steelers believe expansion of ice hockey Elite League will benefit side

A spokesperson for Sheffield Steelers said: “The additions of Guildford Flames and Milton Keynes Lightning from next season can only be a good thing for the Elite League”

The expansion of a league was ratified at a meeting earlier this week. Twelve sides will compete in the league next season.

16:00 – Travel Disruption

Just in time for your journey home, there’s some disruption on the motorways in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.
M1 South Yorkshire – One lane closed on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of brick on the road.

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.
M1 Derbyshire – One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of road management.

15:50 – Protest group to propose alternative Sheffield Council budget at meeting tonight

A group including GMB, Trade and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will meet tonight to propose an alternative council budget.

Alastair Tice, a member of TUSC said Labour councils should do more to protect services. He said: “Labour councils do have a choice – they don’t have to implement the Tory cuts”

15:45 – Sheffield praised for resettling Syrian refugees

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has praised the Steel City’s role in resettling refugees affected by the situation in the Middle Eastern country.

Robert Goodwell said: “The support of Sheffield and other local authorities has been paramount in helping us resettle so many vulnerable people who have fled conflict.”

Yorkshire and the Humber region has resettled 594 refugees under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme since 2015.

15:40 – Taxi drivers to protest outside Town Hall

Sheffield taxi drivers will protest new rules on taxi licensing outside the town hall tomorrow.

GMB, the union that represents hackney cab drivers has organised the demonstration to stop the Deregulation Act.

The act means that taxis can operate across the country, not just in the area they’re licensed in.

15:20 – Quidditch players jump through hoops at Premier League trials

Quidditch (yes, it’s apparently a real sport) players from across the country swooped down on Sheffield seeking to be selected for new-side the Yorkshire Roses.

The one-time figment of J.K Rowling’s imagination will take form in a summer competition in Britain, to try and increase the profile of the sport.

Yorkshire Roses manager Peggy Cook spoke to JUS News about the trials:


15:15 – Our verdict on promotion hopes for South Yorkshire’s football sides

It’s not been a boring season for South Yorkshire’s football sides. The possibility of mediocrity has abandoned the teams in exchange for promotion hopes, or relegation fears.

Harrison Jones has been looking at the form-book and gives his verdict on how the season will end up.

15:00 – It’s a bittersweet symphony this ice

Sheffield Steelers’ title hopes will be put on ice after they beat Nottingham Panthers and then lost to Fife Flyers in the Elite Ice Hockey League this weekend.

Sheffield Head Coach Paul Thompson will hope that Sunday’s defeat to Fife won’t be the start of a slippery slope for the Steelers.


14:50 – It’s not a baaaad life for Cannon Hill lambs

One of the oldest professions in the world has met modern filming technology. No, not the one you’re thinking of.

Farmer Roger Nicholson has been broadcasting lambing season on Facebook live.

He might have thought the idea was wooly originally, he said: “I don’t understand all this new technology” but the idea has taken off and now has a fanbase of 5000.

Have ewe been a Facebook Live viewer? What did ewe think? Tweet us at @JUS_News

14:40 – Latest in Sheffield Parkway arrest – Two arrested in link to Upperthorpe murder

Earlier we reported on armed police stopping a taxi on Sheffield Parkway earlier today (see 13:35) South Yorkshire Police have released a statement.

It says: “Police activity on the A61 Sheffield Parkway earlier today (Monday 27 February), where a vehicle was stopped by officers, is connected to the ongoing murder investigation into the death of Aseel Al-Essaie in Sheffield.

“Two people have been arrested in connection with this incident and are in police custody.”

14:35 – Hallam student jumps for joy after breaking 21-year hurdles record

Alicia Barrett, a student at Sheffield Hallam University broke the English hurdles record at the English Athletics National Championships.

The 18 year old ran her 60m final in 8.19 seconds, breaking the record set in 1986 by Lesley Ann-Skeete, who ran 8.22 seconds.

14:25 – Take the weight off your feet at a Supertram station near you

Work begins today on upgrading over half of Sheffield’s tram stops to add seating over the next few weeks.

Among those recieving new seats are the West Street, University of Sheffield and Sheffield train station stops.

Tram stops will remain open throughout the duration of the works.

14:20 – Chesterfield woman hopes to have fibromyalgia recognised as a disability

Adrienne Lakin has collected 12,000 signatures on a petition for fibromyalgia recognised as a disability.

She aims to get 15,000 signatures behind the cause.

14:00 – South Yorkshire Police hope Crimewatch screening may provide breakthrough

CCTV footage that could be a vital new lead in the investigation into an 80-year-old Rotherham man’s murder will feature on BBC Crimewatch tonight.

South Yorkshire Police will screen CCTV video showing a car driving past the Maltby home of Tommy Ward on the morning he suffered a fatal beating.

13:54 – Discomfort over bishop’s appointment

The appointment of Philip North as the new bishop of Sheffield has been met by mixed feelings after he previously aired his belief that women should not be ordained as priests or bishops of the Church of England.

13:40 – Six arrested at Saturday’s Rotherham EDL march

Police arrested six English Defence League protesters on Saturday for public offence orders, as the group marched in Rotherham.

Around 60 protesters attended the rally, and a counter-demonstration took place in the Minster Gardens.

Rotherham MP Sarah Campion attended the counter-rally.

13:35 – BREAKING – Armed police pull over taxi on Sheffield Parkway

Armed police have pulled over a mini bus style taxi on Sheffield Parkway, near the junction with Derek Dooley Way.

More information to follow…

13:30 – Supertram disruption over

The disruption caused on West Street is now over, although Stagecoach expects residual delays and cancellations to services until they get back to normal.

13:20 – Supertram disruption

There’s currently distruption on Sheffield’s Supertram service as a result of a passenger being taken ill on a tram on West Street.

As a result tram tickets are valid on certain Stagecoach buses in Sheffield.

13:03 – Boeing’s plans get off the ground

Plans for a £20m Boeing factory were given clearance to take off over the weekend by the global aircraft manufacturer.

High-flying aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced plans this weekend

The move provides a waypoint for the company’s future trajectory, and could see them climb to heights never seen before.

Sheffield City Region Authority are keen to ensure there won’t be any turbulence leading to a bumpy landing, they’re supporting the project.

So for South Yorkshire, it could soon be a case of Boeing Me, Boeing You.

12:31 – How well do you know your Steelers from your Blades?

Yorkshire’s got a proud sporting tradition across team, track and field sports. The question is, how well do you know your sport in South Yorkshire and slightly further afield?

The sports team have put together a quiz to test your knowledge and see how much you know. Have a ball and give it a go.

12:30 – Sheffield man jailed for 24 years after Shiregreen shooting

A Sheffield man has been sentenced to 24 years in jail and five years on licence after a man was shot in the stomach during an attempted robbery in Shiregreen last June.

Jonathan McGregor, 24, of Kyle Close in Southey Green, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm, attempted robbery and possessing a firearm following his trial in December. He was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

12:15 – Clegg tied up in three-way contest if swing goes against Lib Dems

JUS News’ resident data expert and political statto Tim Stickings has been crunching the numbers after Labour’s by-election defeat in Copeland last week.

It turns out that if the swing was replicated in the proposed Sheffield Hallam and Stocksbridge constituency, the seat could be close run between Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.

The last time a Conservative held a seat in Sheffield was 1997, when Irvine Patnick lost his seat to Richard Allan.

It wouldn’t be the first time Clegg’s got too close for comfort with political opponents.

11:55 – Final weekend in February provides a mixed bag for South Yorkshire

A mixed bag weekend saw Sheffield United extend their lead at the top of League One after a win over promotion chasing Bolton Wanderers, a Billy Sharp brace the difference between the sides.

Sheffield Steelers summed up South Yorkshire’s sporting performance at the weekend, winning on Saturday before losing the next day.

You can find a full round-up of the weekend’s action here.

11:30 – Protest over Manor Top Jobcentre closure

A protest is being held in Hartshead Square this afternoon over plans to close a job centre in one of the city’s most deprived areas.

Campaigners say that the Jobcentre in Eastern Avenue, Manor Top, is used by more than 1,100 people a week.

11:17 – Climb every mountain

Liam Hutchinson fell 11 metres (36 feet) whilst climbing at Langclife Quarry in North Yorkshire last summer, and lived to tell the tale.

Read his story of how it happened, how he miraculously recovered, and how a year later, he’s still climbing.

11:05 – Former English cricket captain Vaughan defending sticky Wednesday wicket

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has been mocked by Leeds fans after suggesting Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at the weekend was ‘tactics’.

I’m sure that former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting would now like to deploy that same excuse over a decade after England’s famous 2005 Ashes victory, under Vaughan’s captaincy.

10:33 – Raindrops keep falling on our heads

As Sheffield Wednesday fans know after this weekend’s loss against Leeds United, when it rains, it pours and so is the case with today’s weather.

The Met Office are reporting that there will be some sun amid the rain we saw this morning, with the occasional spell of rain throughout the day. Highs of 6°c before going down to 2° overnight.