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HOW sad that in 21st century Sheffield, charity food banks are facing almost unprecedented demand from hungry families.

More than 80 households a week will be fed this Christmas with food donated by the public, as revealed in The Star on Thursday.

It’s nothing new, though.

Exactly 185 years ago today, a novel approach was taken to feeding the poor during the festive period – a huge pie was baked.

The monster dish – one and a half yards long, two feet wide and one foot deep – was baked by chefs at the long-demolished Tontine Inn, in Waingate. It contained turkeys, partridges, geese, pigeons, pheasants rabbits and one leg of veal. Yum.

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OBVIOUSLY, it’s only proper that South Yorkshire Police want to reduce crime at Christmas.

That’s perhaps why the force has taken to issuing warnings that those who misbehave over the party season will face the full force of the law.

Good to know. So they should.

But is anyone else getting a little bored of this same obvious message being repeated ad nauseum every December? Does anyone else wonder when we started living in the sort of nanny state world where it became appropriate for police to issue such cautions on an almost daily basis in local newspapers and websites?

Commit crime. Get punished. Quite right.

Now, instead of wasting time telling us what will happen if we do misbehave, shouldn’t officers be out there catching those who actually do?

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AND meanwhile online, on a certain forum, one Sheffielder isn’t entirely impressed by Sheffield’s Christmas lights.

“It’s like walking around in the dark,” says a fellow calling himself Rampent.

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AND, finally, congratulations to Sheffield personal trainer Aimee Rogers.

Only three per cent of babies arrive on time so when the then mum-to-be was told in March that daughter Ava was due on 12.12.12 she never expected her to arrive that day. But the tot did just that, making her appearance at 11.43pm.

A lovely Christmas gift.