Poet investigates Page Hall troubles

Poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah
Poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah
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Tensions between local residents and members of the Roma community on Sheffield’s Page Hall estate are the subject of a television report tonight.

Poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah has interviewed people living in the area, as well as Hillsborough and Brightside MP David Blunkett, who was accused of increasing the risk of street riots in the area following comments he made last year.

In the programme, Mr Blunkett says he wanted to ‘ensure that the community pulls together’, adding: “If I meant to say there’d be riots I’d have used the word riot – I’ve always said things as I’ve seen them.”

Mr Zephaniah said: “It’s easy to say there is no quick fix for Page Hall. It’s rundown and it’s tense. But it’s been a magnet for migrants for generations and will continue to be so.”

n The report is broadcast as part of Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire on BBC One at 7.30pm.