Sammy Woodhouse reaches German public broadcaster

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From DW News: Sammy Woodhouse is one of some 1400 people in Rotherham, UK, who were raped as children. For 16 years, a network of men – most of Pakistani origin – abused underage girls. But authorities repeatedly ignored warning … Continue reading

Call for investigation into judge who jailed Sheffield man over fracking protest

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An MP has called for an investigation into whether the judge who jailed three anti-fracking protesters last month –including a man from Sheffield – followed an official code of conduct. Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP, has asked three parliamentary questions about the judge who sentenced University … Continue reading

House of Commons abuse cases ‘tolerated and concealed’

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“Disturbing” cases of bullying and sexual harassment have “long been tolerated and concealed” in the House of Commons, according to a report. The report, by Dame Laura Cox QC, said there was a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence”. … Continue reading

HS2 -Working Draft Environmental Statement

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Councillors’ anger as HS2 demolition toll rises in Mexborough EVEN more Mexborough homes are in line for demolition under HS2 than previously planned, according to new documents which have outraged the town’s councillors. Earlier plans showed 19 houses near the … Continue reading

BBC news chief denies charge over alleged naming of Rotherham child sex abuse victim

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A BBC news chief has appeared in court to deny naming a Rotherham child sexual abuse victim. Arif Ansari (43), head of news at BBC Asian Network, pleaded not guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday). He was charged with … Continue reading

W Brom West CLP overwhelmingly rejects report exonerating Spellar ally council leader

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Fresh in from Skwawkbox. Last week, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a discrepancy in Sandwell council’s report exonerating council leader Steve Eling – a close ally of right-wing Labour MPs John Spellar and Tom Watson – of involvement in damaging leaks to a local … Continue reading

South Yorkshire Police warn of drug gangs targeting ‘vulnerable’ to use homes for criminality

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In a week long crackdown on gangs exploiting children to expand their drug networks, it has been revealed that some organised crime groups are taking over the homes of vulnerable adults as a base for their activities. Known as ‘cuckooing,’ gangs … Continue reading

My message to Yorkshire. Sort out devolution so North can make even stronger investment case

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AS an observer of the long-running stalemate to secure a devolution deal for Yorkshire, I do have some sympathy with your elected leaders. Getting a devolution deal over the line isn’t an easy or straightforward thing to do. While you may think other regions … Continue reading

Child sex abuse trial defendant denies “bully” claims

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A MAN accused of raping a girl in Sherwood Forest has denied a claim that he would “bully girls into doing what he wanted”. Nabeel Kurshid (38, pictured), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court facing … Continue reading

HS2 gravy train gathers pace as passengers – and communities – left behind

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  NICE work if you can get it. HS2 Ltd – the body responsible for building Britain’s high-speed railway – is in the job market. It has started advertising for three non-executive directors. Remuneration? £950 a day. Obligations? Two days work a … Continue reading

Lawyers take blame for Sandwell leader (Steve Eling) report discrepancy – but council was warned inaccurate 7 weeks ago

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On Friday, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a glaring discrepancy in Sandwell council’s report exonerating council leader Steve Eling – a close ally of right-wing Labour MPs John Spellar and Tom Watson – of involvement in damaging leaks to a local blogger. … Continue reading

Tram-tram to start later this month

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Passengers in Sheffield and Rotherham will become the first in the country to use innovative new tram-train vehicles when a trial finally gets underway later this month. The new vehicles, designed to run on both the city’s tramlines and the … Continue reading

One Yorkshire devolution could add £30bn a year to region’s economy by boosting exports and businesses, says landmark report

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Handing powers and funding to a One Yorkshire mayor could add as much as £30bn a year to the region’s economy by boosting its low level of exports and creating more businesses, a landmark report reveals today. The dossier commissioned … Continue reading

Shame of the unspent thousands & other Council matters

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Shame of the unspent thousands: Rotherham councillors failing to tap into windfall cash COUNCILLORS are failing to spend new £210,000 pot of cash aimed at improving neighbourhoods for residents. Each of Rotherham’s 21 wards was given £10,000 for capital projects … Continue reading

Voting Intention: Conservatives 42%, Labour 36% (30 Sept – 1 Oct)

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The latest YouGov/ Times voting intention survey sees the Conservatives on 42% (the same as in last week’s poll) and Labour on 36% (also unchanged). Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats are on 9% (from 11%) and votes for other parties stands … Continue reading

Child sex abuse trial: Defendant “thought girls were over 16”

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A MAN accused of sexually abusing three girls told a court he had sexual intercourse with them – but he never thought they were younger than 16. Mohammed Imran Akhtar (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham, is on trial at Sheffield … Continue reading

Drug gangs and child groomers using same tactics, police say

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TACTICS similar to those used by child groomers are being used by drug dealers to exploit impressionable children, according to police. Drug dealers will win over young people with presents and access to cash and cars before recruiting them and … Continue reading

Tory MP says fracking could cost party the next election and ‘the barnacle must be removed from the boat’

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The Conservative Party could lose the next general election unless it drops its support for fracking, an MP and campaigners from the region have warned. North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley, a former oil and gas analyst, said the Government’s … Continue reading

Star Opinion: South Yorkshire’s devolution civil war is hurting the region and it must end now

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The never ending political civil war in South Yorkshire is costing residents dear. Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley are missing out on free money. There is no other way to put it. South Yorkshire has missed out on £12,115,383 – … Continue reading

Nottingham MP Chris Leslie loses no confidence vote

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Labour MP Chris Leslie has lost a vote of no confidence among members of his constituency party in Nottingham East. The former shadow chancellor is the latest of a number of vocal critics of party leader Jeremy Corbyn to face … Continue reading

Kezia Dugdale shafted?

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Kezia Dugdale ‘crushed’ after Labour chiefs dropped financial support in Wings over Scotland legal case The ex-Scottish Labour leader told the Record’s political podcast it was one of her ‘lowest personal moments’. Kezia Dugdale said she’s been “crushed” by her … Continue reading

Lancashire Cuadrilla anti-fracking protest: Three men jailed

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Three men have been jailed for causing a public nuisance during protests at a Lancashire fracking site. The men are believed to be the first anti-fracking protesters in the UK to be jailed. Simon Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, … Continue reading

Labour left drop plan for female deputy after Tom Watson backs idea

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Labour conference: Female joint deputy leader plan ditched Plans for a woman to be elected joint deputy leader of the Labour Party have been withdrawn over concerns it would undermine Jeremy Corbyn. Deputy leader Tom Watson said he was “very … Continue reading

Survivor welcomes plans to introduce CCTV in taxis across the UK

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CAMPAIGNER Sammy Woodhouse has welcomed Government recommendations to install audio recording and CCTV equipment in all taxis across the country. Sammy said it was a “good step forward” and would keep passengers and drivers safer. MP Sarah Champion has also … Continue reading

Review urges tougher rules for minicabs after grooming scandals

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Tough new restrictions should be placed on minicab drivers to address failings highlighted by child sexual exploitation scandals in towns such as Rochdale and Rotherham, according to a government review. A report published today said that minicab and taxi drivers … Continue reading

CSE trial: Former detective gives evidence about 2002 rape claims

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A RETIRED detective who investigated allegations of rape and abduction made 16 years ago by a schoolgirl has given evidence at the trial of two men who are now charged with offences against her. Salah Ahmed El-Hakam and a defendant, … Continue reading

Threat to moderate Labour MPs grows as deselection gets easier

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Labour MPs could face a lower threshold for deselection after the party’s ruling body backed rule changes to make it easier for constituency parties to challenge incumbents. At present MPs face a trigger ballot — which could force them to … Continue reading

CSE trial: Barristers claim rape accused men ‘wrongly identified’

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BARRISTERS defending two men accused of rape have claimed the alleged victim has wrongly identified the pair. Nabeel Kurshid (34), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, and Iqlak Yousaf (34), of Tooker Road, Rotherham, are accused of raping the girl between 2002 … Continue reading

Jurors hear ‘secret recording’ of suspected rapist targeting alleged victim

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A WOMAN who says she was sexually exploited as a teenager told a court she was “scared” when her alleged abuser confronted her in the street and followed her home years later. The 31-year-old told Sheffield Crown Court that Mohammed … Continue reading

Girl given ecstasy and abused ‘every night’, jury told

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A SCHOOLGIRL was given class A drugs and alcohol by a group of men and forced to have sex “every single night”, a court has heard. Four men are on trial for sexually exploiting the girl between 2001 and 2003 … Continue reading

Child abuse trial: ‘We needed help,’ says aunt of pregnant teenage sisters

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TWO sisters were both made pregnant as schoolgirls after becoming involved with older Asian youths and men, a court has heard. The sisters’ aunt told a jury she scoured the streets looking for her nieces — but knew there would … Continue reading

BBC news chief in the dock over alleged naming of Rotherham child sex abuse victim

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A BBC radio channel’s head of news has appeared in court over a news report in which a Rotherham child sex abuse victim was allegedly named. Arif Ansari was charged under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 in relation to … Continue reading

Girl: “By age of 16, I’d slept with 100 Asian men”, court told

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A GIRL was trafficked around the country and had sex with “100 Asian men” by the time she was 16, a court heard. The alleged victim, now aged 32, said she had been taken to locations such as Birmingham, Manchester … Continue reading

Girl given cannabis and sexually abused in factory, jury told

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A SCHOOLGIRL was given cannabis and made to perform sexual acts on a man in an abandoned factory, a court has heard. The alleged victim, who was aged between 13 and 15 at the time, said in a police interview … Continue reading