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AND people complain we’re soft on criminals in 21st century Britain...

Try this: exactly 225 years ago today Barnsley blacksmith Samuel Truleove admitted murder - and was jailed for just two years.

The killer admitted riddling John Fish with 50 shots from his blunderbuss. But he was treated with leniency after Barnlsey Magistrates heard the slaying was in protest at officialdom.

Truelove’s shop was in a dilapidated neighbourhood which was due to be pulled down despite his objections. When demolition worker John Fish arrived to start stripping tiles, the smithy shot him in one last protest. So, that was deemed alright then.

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YOU have to hand it to Leeds - and that’s not something I particularly like saying.

But any city with the tenacity to build a 12,500 seat arena in the current economic climate certainly has some chutzpah.

Good for them.

Less good - the boss of Sheffield Arena going on record to point out problems with the new West Yorkshire venue.

Steve Brailey told this paper it would be a “nightmare” to get to, while Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts moaned the project shouldn’t have been funded with government money.

Pathetic.

Perhaps if our people are worried Leeds Arena will have an adverse effect on business, they’d be better off laying off the criticism - and instead focusing on making Sheffield an even more attractive proposition.

Namely, by continuing to bring in big acts and improving facilities where possible.

Reducing refreshment prices so one doesn’t have to remortgage the house to buy a round of family drinks wouldn’t do any harm either.

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NICE to see former England cricket captain and Sheffield legend Michael Vaughan has lost none of his famed optimism.

“Just can’t see how England are going to beat Spain in the final,” he tweeted of Euro 2012.