New market and another manager falls

Former South African President Nelson Mandela. PA
Former South African President Nelson Mandela. PA
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Killer laughed over attack

A painter was seen smirking and laughing after beating a man to death in a ‘sustained and vicious attack’ in broad daylight in a Sheffield park, a court heard.

Nawzad Kamal, aged 39, killed former friend Bahman Amin, 33, first stabbing him in the arm and chest, then battering him about the head and body with a baseball bat.

A jury at Sheffield Crown Court heard the fatal assault, on June 17 in Pitsmoor, happened after the men fell out over a woman and Mr Amin insulted Kamal’s mother.

The horrifying attack was partially captured on camera by an eyewitness.

Simon Waley QC, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court, said: “The beating went on for some time and involved multiple heavy blows, many of which were to the head.

“Bahman Amin was unable to put up any resistance. For the majority he was lying face up on the ground.”


Washing machine activated by dog’s bark

A revolutionary washing machine activated by a dog’s bark was unveiled in Sheffield – handing a lifeline to disabled people who use canine helpers. The Woof to Wash appliance enables specially-trained dogs – which can already strip beds, fill laundry baskets, and load and empty washing machines – to unlock the machine with a bespoke footpad, and start it with a simple woof.

Clients aided by the Jessops Riverside based Support Dogs charity – which provides canine assistants for people with disabilities, epileptics and children with autism – will now be able to benefit from the invention.

Two-year-old golden Labrador Duffy did the honours of demonstrating at the organisation’s base on Brightside Lane.

A doggy footpad and a microphone system have been added, which recognise a dog’s bark.

That means dogs are able to unlock the machine by pressing the pad with their paw, pull a rope with their mouths to open the machine, close the machine again with their nose, then activate the cycle by barking.

Measured amounts of detergent are automatically added from a storage bottle on the machine.


Dawn of new era

A new era dawns for Sheffield shoppers today with the opening of the multi-million pound Moor Market – after customers said an emotional final farewell to the old Castle Market stalls.

More than 90 stalls opened for business at the £18 million complex, with the council hoping to attract new visitors as well as the traditional market regulars.

Preparations for the launch werre being made right until the last minute, with stock being taken across the city centre from Castlegate and new stall-holders moving in, ready for the big moment at 10am.

A market bell dating from 1851 was rung for the first time in 50 years and a plaque was unveiled by Lord Mayor Coun Vicky Priestley and council leader Julie Dore.

But on the final day of trading at Castle Market on Saturday, there were mixed emotions – with some expressing concerns that the area could slip into decline without the footfall to support it.

Council leader Julie Dore said: “The new market signals significant confidence in our city centre and plays a vital role in the regeneration of The Moor.

“It is where you’ll find our highest concentration of independent retailers so it’s wonderful to be able to invest in their future.”


Owls sack Jones

Sheffield Wednesday began the search for their 10th manager in 12 years after parting company with Dave Jones this December.

Chairman Milan Mandaric opted to dispense with Jones’ services after a defeat at Blackpool, a result which left them second-from bottom of the Championship.

Jones was informed of the club’s decision on the 1st, bringing his 21-month reign at Hillsborough to an end.

A brief statement on the club’s website read: “Dave Jones has been relieved of his duties as first team manager with immediate effect.

“The club would like to thank Dave for all of his hard work and wish him well for the future.”

Jones became the second person from South Yorkshire to lose his job over that weekend as Barnsley axed David Flitcroft in the wake of their 3-0 defeat to Birmingham City.


City’s tribute to a ‘great man’

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95, said the country’s president, Jacob Zuma.

In a televised address, Mr Zuma said: “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.

“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”

David Cameron tweeted his condolences, adding: “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.” Mr Zuma said: “Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed.

“He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”

Mr Zuma said all of South Africa’s thoughts were with Mr Mandela’s family, friends and those who fought alongside him during his struggle for equality.

Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa’s first black president in 1994.


Christmas celebrations with 84-year-old tree

A South Yorkshire pensioner followed a very old tradition by decorating the Christmas tree he has had since he was born – 84 years ago. Douglas Hewitt was just a few months old when his father bought the tree from legendary city toy shop, Redgates – and it has been used by the family every year since.

The tree has lost some branches over the years but members of the Hewitt family have lovingly decorated the tree every Christmas.

Douglas, aged 84, and his wife Mavis, 82, of South Anston, Rotherham, believe their artificial 4ft tree may be the oldest surviving tree still in regular use in the UK.

Great-grandfather Mr Hewitt helped his wife decorate their tree, which has pride of place in their lounge.

He said: “We don’t seem to want to part with it.

“We just got that used to putting it up every Christmas we have carried on all these years. If we didn’t put that Christmas tree up it wouldn’t be like Christmas.”