Looking back on the events of 2014: Part three

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Tour de France, a national scandal, jewellery raid terror and Ched Evans

JULY

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 13'Tour De France comes to Bradfield

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 13'Tour De France comes to Bradfield

A Sheffield mum defied doctors at the beginning of the month by being the first in the world to give birth to live twins while undergoing kidney dialysis.

Sarah Pearce, 29, delivered a boy, Henley, and girl, Harper, by emergency Caesarean section at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing maternity hospital – defying doctors who said she would never conceive because of the effects of the thrice-weekly treatment on her body.

Sheffield went cycling crazy as hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the streets to watch the Tour De France come through the city.

Businesses reported booming trade as visitors poured into the Steel City to watch the world’s best cyclists ride through Oughtibridge, Bradfield, Wincobank, Hillsborough and Aftercliffe.

David Jason with writer Roy Clarke on set in Doncaster for Still Open All Hours which has started filming for a new series due to be shown by the BBC in 2015. All the familiar faces were on set today with some new additions to the cast. ''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

David Jason with writer Roy Clarke on set in Doncaster for Still Open All Hours which has started filming for a new series due to be shown by the BBC in 2015. All the familiar faces were on set today with some new additions to the cast. ''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

Team Sky rider Geriant Thomas said at the time: “It has been a really, really good reception from the crowds – unbelievable.”

Two men were sentenced to life in prison for the killing of pizza delivery driver Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, aged 25, in Southey, Sheffield – a story which made national headlines in October 2013.

Kasim Ahmed, 18, must serve at least 23 years while 25-year-old Shamraze Khan, must serve at least 24 for the killing of the Sri Lankan national.

Thavisha’s father, Sharaf, said: “We are now left with nothing but broken hearts.”

Picture shows Sheffield Hallam University student Thavisha Lakindu Peiris stabbed to death while delivering pizzas.'See Ross Parry copy RPYPIZZA : Today Shamraze Khan has been found guilty of the murder of Thavisha Peiris at Sheffield Crown Court.

Picture shows Sheffield Hallam University student Thavisha Lakindu Peiris stabbed to death while delivering pizzas.'See Ross Parry copy RPYPIZZA : Today Shamraze Khan has been found guilty of the murder of Thavisha Peiris at Sheffield Crown Court.

Big-hearted readers of The Star helped to smash the £25,000 target for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity Make It Better Appeal.

The Star called on readers to help make things better for poorly children in the city, and were delighted to report on the last day of the month that £48,665 had been raised – with £10,000 still expected to roll in.

David Vernon-Edwards, charity director, said: “The amount of support we received in The Star was phenomenal and we look forward to doing lots more together in the future.”

A bid by One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and former club chairman John Ryan to take over Doncaster Rovers collapsed following several meetings with League officials.

Ched Evans with Natasha Massey

Ched Evans with Natasha Massey

The pair were hoping to buy 85 per cent of the club but plans fell through after they were told their offer of paying for the club through a crowdfunding scheme would not meet stringent regulations over ownership.

Ryan and Tomlinson had previously launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £2million within a month - but when the deadline passed the amount pledged stood at just over £750,000.

Ryan said: ““I have assets, Louis certainly has assets. What we don’t have is £5m in cash sitting there, which is what the League seems to want.”

Elsewhere, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a missile in Ukraine, killing 298 people including 15 crew members.

AUGUST

A shameless Sheffield couple who used money which should have been spent on saving babies lives to fund their own lavish lifestyle were jailed.

Glenn and Lynne Moore were jailed for a total of 12 years after stealing more than £121,000 from charities supporting sick and needy babies and children.

The couple, who lived in a rented council house in Arbourthorne, claimed benefits, but also had a villa in Lanzarote, personalised number plates and regularly took expensive holidays abroad.

South Yorkshire Police hit the headlines nationally in August when music star Cliff Richard’s house was searched by police following a complaint he sexually assaulted a boy in the city in the 1980s.

Officers from the force travelled to Mr Richard’s plush apartment in Berkshire and executed a search warrant.

The inquiry concerned an alleged assault which was said to have taken place at an appearance by American evangelist Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium in 1985.

Sir Cliff vehemently denied the allegation and was not formally arrested.

After an independent inquiry sent shockwaves around Britain and beyond after it revealed more than 1,400 children in Rotherham were victims of sexual exploitation from 1997-2013.

Professor Alexis Jay’s report found ‘blatant’ failings from senior council managers and South Yorkshire Police - who took no action after being warned of the problems, partly due to fears of being accused of racism.

The majority of perpetrators were of Pakistani origin, while most of the child victims were white.

Meanwhile, girls as young as 11 were gang-raped by large numbers of men, children were doused in petrol and told they were going to be set alight, and youngsters were threatened with guns.

An armed robber thought to be responsible for a string of terrifying knifepoint raids in Doncaster was believed to have struck four more times in August.

The man held up four of the town’s shops in just a fortnight.

One of the victims appealed to members of the public to help catch the man.

Further afield, the United States military began an air campaign in northern Iraq to stem the influx of ISIS militants.

SEPTEMBER

Shaun Wright resigned from his post as South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, three weeks after the Rotherham child abuse scandal broke.

He was Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for children’s services from 2005-2010. Child abuse victims themselves joined calls from the likes of Ed Miliband and David Cameron for him to quit.

One victim said afterwards: “Good riddance to his arrogance.”

Days later, Joyce Thacker, Rotherham Council’s director of children’s services, also left her post.

Staff in a Sheffield jewellery shop were left terrified after they were targeted by thieves in a daylight raid.

Masked men armed with sledgehammers stormed into HL Brown jewellers in Barker’s Pool in the city centre and stole £140,000 worth of Rolex watches.

The three men ran off with their haul down Leopold Street, past shocked shoppers and passers-by.

The girlfriend of Sheffield United player Ched Evans, jailed for rape, told The Star she has forgiven him for cheating on her and says the striker should be allowed to return to football.

Evans was convicted of raping a woman at a hotel in North Wales in May 2011 and jailed for five years.

More than 65,000 people signed a petition urging the Blades not to resign him ahead of his release from prison in October, yet Natasha Massey said: “If he was a builder or a bank worker we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

“He’s a professional footballer and he just wants to get on the pitch and score goals. I think he should be allowed to do that.”

Comedy legend Sir David Jason returned to Doncaster to begin filming a new series of Open All Hours.

The new series follows a special episode last Christmas viewed by more than 12 million people in which Granville, played by Sir David, had inherited the shop from his miserly, stuttering uncle, played in the original series by Ronnie Barker.

The viewing figures prompted BBC bosses to commission a new series with Doncaster writer Roy Clarke, who penned the original series which ran between 1973 and 1985 taking up writing duties once more.

Meanwhile in Syria, the United States military and several Arab partners began an airstrike campaign.