Prove schemes do cut crime

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A GROUP of worthy organisations and projects have been boosted financially thanks to grants from South Yorkshire Police, which handed out almost £200,000 through the Community Grants Scheme.

The projects who have received police funding to support their work include those tackling truancy, homelessness and anti-social behaviour.

And other groups to benefit include a charity which gets offenders to come face to face with their victims and one which operates a safe house for runaway teenagers who otherwise would be vulnerable.

However, in these straitened times, many will wonder whether the police can afford to divert money to such social causes when its primary functions are under increasingly stringent financial conditions.

In future, it would satisfy sceptical observers if the police were able to prove that their support of any fund genuinely reduces crime and nuisance behaviour.

Get behind city’s sporting treasure

GET your running shoes on for the biggest and best Sheffield Half Marathon ever. For the event has so far attracted a record 7,200 entrants who will create a truly spectacular sight when they set out on the race this Sunday.

The race truly places Sheffield on the sporting map, attracting competitors from far and wide, including celebrities and top athletes.

But it also helps the city economy by encouraging people to spend time and money in Sheffield.

We are sure that the people of Sheffield will get behind the event and give it all the support it deserves, rising above any frustration they may encounter through necessary road closures.

In fact there is plenty of entertainment on offer at the Don Valley Stadium finishing point. So make this a real family affair and support Sheffield’s great sporting event.

History comes alive

HISTORY lessons can be dull and dusty affairs with pupils struggling to understand the complexities unfolded before them. But the subject literally came to life for pupils at City School when 90-year-old former soldier Derrick Allsopp turned up to give them a history lesson with a difference.

He talked to the youngsters about his five years in the Army during World War Two, which have formed the basis of his book on the subject.

What is more, proceeds from the book go to local charities – adding a lesson in generosity for pupils at the same time.