Help nail the gym wreckers

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WHEN thieves ripped apart a city gym searching for scrap metal, their greed was all-consuming.

It drove them to wreck Manor Boxing Club, a shining beacon of hope on this city estate.

The club has been forced to close down on safety grounds after the raiders took the boiler and pipework.

Just for good measure, they also took a portable boxing ring and punch bags.

All this, from a club which helps get youngsters off the streets and sets them a good example.

Not our words, but those of world title contender Kell Brook, who has trained at the gym. He will fight at the Arena on Saturday in front of around 9,000 people, a perfect example of what can be achieved if you work hard

The thieves who wrecked his club could never hit such heights. Someone knows who they are. We hope they see our story and do the right thing – tell the police.

We are athletes’ Olympic choice

SHEFFIELD’S burgeoning reputation as an Olympic city has been further bolstered by the announcement of yet another country choosing us as their training camp.

We can already boast that we are playing host to the likes of the American diving team and the Brazilian judo team. Now we can add the Canadian’s to that impressive list.

Sheffield is likely to be sending the largest contingent of athletes to represent the GB team of any city.

They are the product of our home-grown talent but also the world-class facilities that have attracted other athletes to come and train here.

The fact we are now being selected by some of the world’s elite to base themselves here ahead of the Olympics is testament to the quality of the city’s facilities.

Yet another reason why we should be proud of our sporting prowess.

A fitting tribute

IN the past week we have witnessed the realities of the conflict in Afghanistan with the killing of soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment.

Their deaths served as a reminder of the risks and dangers our troops face every day.

And today we have another reminder, a poignant memorial to Cprl Liam Riley, who was killed while trying to save a fallen comrade.

It is a fitting tribute and one that should be seen not only as a memorial to him but also the hundreds of others who have lost their lives.