NEWS IN BRIEF: Man in court over city centre attack

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with an assault in Sheffield city centre.

Nigel Hinkler, aged 54, of Park Grange Road, Norfolk Park, is accused of attacking a 26-year-old man on Castle Green in the city centre, near the Hen and Chickens pub.

The victim was taken to hospital, and was initially believed to have life-threatening head injuries. He remains in hospital, but is no longer believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Hinkler appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court charged with causing GBH with intent. He was bailed to reappear at Sheffield Crown Court next week.

Car smash at flats

A MOTORIST needed hospital treatment after a car crashed into the entrance of a block of flats in Rotherham.

The Citroen C4 hit the building on Town Lane, Greasbrough, at around 3.30am yesterday. Firefighters were called to the scene but neither of the car’s two occupants needed to be freed.

Vauxhall torched

ARSONISTS set fire to a car in Sheffield in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Vauxhall Nova went up in flames at around 1.30am on Woollen Lane, Walkley, and was totally burned out by the time the blaze was extinguished. Firefighters were also called to an accidental car fire on Weakland Drive, Hackenthorpe, at 11pm on Tuesday.

Playing field fire

BURNING rubbish set alight in a playing area needed to be put out by firefighters.

The fire happened at the King George V Playing Fields, off Quarry Lane, Bolsover, at just after 10pm on Tuesday. Crew members used buckets of water to douse the flames.

Accidental blaze

WOODEN pallets burning in Hough Lane, Wombwell, Barnsley, on Sunday night had been deliberately set alight, but a skip ablaze on Lancaster Street, Barnsley, in the early hours of Sunday, had caught fire accidentally.

Conifers on fire

A FIRE involving conifers on Yew Lane, Parson Cross, Sheffield, has been logged as accidental. Firefighters who extinguished the flames at 5am on Tuesday said they do not believe the blaze was started deliberately.