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Last updated: Sunday, 03 January, 2021, 16:28
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Another dog theft warning
Posting on Facebook, a Sheffield resident said: "We were walking our puppy at Ringinglow yesterday and met a Fulwood resident walking her dog. She warned us that there has been a police presence at Forge Dam following dog thefts.
"Apparently the thieves have been wandering around with dog leads and have spotted likely dogs walking off the lead, quickly clipped them onto their leads and disappeared with them!
“Keep a close eye on your dog when out!”
South Yorkshire Police has warned dog owners to remain vigilant and not leave their pets outside of shops following an increase in this type of crime.
Latest on PM’s talk on The Andrew Marr Show
Boris Johnson has insisted he will continue as Prime Minister in the wake of securing the end of the Brexit transition period.
Mr Johnson said Britain had negotiated a good deal with the EU and there were lots of reasons to be positive about an “otherwise grim new year” amid the coronavirus crisis.
Pressed on whether he would remain in Downing Street after finally taking the UK out of the EU, the Prime Minister told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “Yes.”
Mr Johnson continued: “I think you should break out of your characteristic gloom, if I may say so Andrew.
“Things are very tough, we’re going through a very tough period as a country, but I really think people should focus on the amazing fact this country has created a room-temperature vaccine which can be used around the world.
“And we now have freedoms that we haven’t had for 50 years and there are lots of reasons to be very positive about this otherwise grim new year.”
The remarks follow some media speculation that Mr Johnson was considering standing down before the next general election which is slated for 2024.
Parson Cross start 2021 ‘with a bang’
A neighbourhood policing team had their New Year off to a good start by detaining a teenager after he was spotted riding a stolen moped in a Sheffield suburb on Saturday night.
Boris Johnson says he cannot rule out extending Covid restrictions in England
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Mr Johnson signalled that despite vaccines “coming down the track in their tens of millions”, regional restrictions in England were likely to get tougher.
“What we are doing now is using the tiering system, which is a very tough system… and, alas, probably about to get tougher to keep things under control,” the PM said.
It comes as the NHS ramps up its vaccination programme with the newly approved Oxford University and AstraZeneca jab, with 530,000 doses available for rollout across the UK from Monday.
What is it?
A mysterious metal monolith has appeared in Sheffield – the latest in a number that have been springing up all over the world
Warning to dog owners
South Yorkshire Police has warned that crime is on the increase regarding the theft of dogs.
They said: "ALL ages of dogs are being targeted that are being left outside shops and in some cases people have been approached and asked if they would ‘sell’ their dog. This obviously is a scam.
"Please be aware that sending young children out with their pets can also be risky, make sure who ever takes out the animal is in complete control of it.
“If you let you dog loose in the grounds of your property make sure it is safe and no one can take it away.”
Remote learning at Sheffield secondary schools to commence from Monday
All pupils at Chapeltown Academy, Ecclesfield School, Handsworth Grange, High Storrs, and Stocksbridge High School - all of which are run by the Minerva Trust - are preparing to start the new term with online learning.
The Education Secretary Gaving Williamson confirmed that secondary schools and colleges across England would be closed to almost all pupils for the first week of term, in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 and allow schools to prepare for mass testing.
It means that all pupils in exam years in England will return to face-to-face education from January 11, with all secondary schools and college students returning full time on January 18.
This week-delay on the Government’s original plans for a staggered return is “to allow more time so that every school and college is able to fully roll out mass testing of all pupils and students.”
Report from courts
A Doncaster woman has been banned from the roads after being caught behind the wheel more than twice over the legal alcohol limit, court records show.