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Updates from The Star team including public health director Greg Fell’s warning that there is an “exceptionally difficult winter ahead” for the NHS.

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Sheffield news: LIVE updates as Sheffield health boss warns of ‘exceptionally difficult winter ahead’

Key Events

  • Public health director Greg Fell has suggested it will be a difficult winter as NHS tries to cope with Covid, flu and other illnesses
  • A baby gender reveal will be held after the funeral of Kiveton park crash victim Ryan Geddes

4.29pm - Plans revealed for new link road to ease congestion around busy shopping centre near Sheffield

Plans have officially been lodged with Rotherham Council for a new road to ease congestion around Parkgate.

4,32pm - HS2 Sheffield: Northern leaders united at ‘betrayal’ over high speed rail

Metro Mayors (left to right) Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester, Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North of Tyne, Tracy Brabin, Mayor, West Yorkshire, Steve Rotherham, Mayor, Liverpool City Region, and Dan Jarvis, MP, Barnsley Central & Mayor, South Yorkshire.Metro Mayors (left to right) Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester, Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North of Tyne, Tracy Brabin, Mayor, West Yorkshire, Steve Rotherham, Mayor, Liverpool City Region, and Dan Jarvis, MP, Barnsley Central & Mayor, South Yorkshire.
Metro Mayors (left to right) Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester, Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North of Tyne, Tracy Brabin, Mayor, West Yorkshire, Steve Rotherham, Mayor, Liverpool City Region, and Dan Jarvis, MP, Barnsley Central & Mayor, South Yorkshire. | JPI Media

Northern leaders were united in criticism, disappointment and anger at the government’s flagship rail plan which cancelled HS2 through Yorkshire and left Sheffield with ‘crumbs’.

4.19pm - Barnsley man found guilty for obstructing police officer by blocking speed enforcement van

Jack Cureton, aged 63, of Sheerien Close in Athersley North, obstructed a speed enforcement van on Wakefield Road at about 1.15pm on 7 December by parking his mobility scooter behind the vehicle and shouting obscenities at the Policing Support Officer inside.Jack Cureton, aged 63, of Sheerien Close in Athersley North, obstructed a speed enforcement van on Wakefield Road at about 1.15pm on 7 December by parking his mobility scooter behind the vehicle and shouting obscenities at the Policing Support Officer inside.
Jack Cureton, aged 63, of Sheerien Close in Athersley North, obstructed a speed enforcement van on Wakefield Road at about 1.15pm on 7 December by parking his mobility scooter behind the vehicle and shouting obscenities at the Policing Support Officer inside. | JPI Media

A man from Barnsley has become the first person to be prosecuted for obstructing an on duty police officer by blocking a speed enforcement vehicle in an incident last year.

4.08pm - HS2 Sheffield: U-turn a “victory for common sense” says council leader

Rotherham Council’s leader says the government’s U-turn on the Eastern leg of HS2 is a “victory for common sense”.

4.02pm - Sheffield's Springs Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre and Concord Sports Centre to be completely rebuilt

Sheffield Council has taken the first steps towards finding a new contractor to run the Arena, Ponds Forge and Hillsborough Leisure CentreSheffield Council has taken the first steps towards finding a new contractor to run the Arena, Ponds Forge and Hillsborough Leisure Centre
Sheffield Council has taken the first steps towards finding a new contractor to run the Arena, Ponds Forge and Hillsborough Leisure Centre | JPI Media

Sheffield Council has taken the first steps towards finding a new contractor to run the city’s major leisure and sporting facilities with a £100m investment.

2.19pm - HS2: Sheffield to London Midland Mainline to be electrified - but silence on tram network expansion

MP Clive Betts asked the transport minister to meet with Sheffield MPs to discuss transport issues around the city but he did not directly respond.MP Clive Betts asked the transport minister to meet with Sheffield MPs to discuss transport issues around the city but he did not directly respond.
MP Clive Betts asked the transport minister to meet with Sheffield MPs to discuss transport issues around the city but he did not directly respond. | JPI Media

Electrification of Midland Mainline from Sheffield to London to start at Christmas but Minister silent on calls to expand tram to city’s hospitals.

2.07pm - Killer jailed for life over 'murderous rampage' in which Sheffield man Jacob Billington was fatally stabbed

Zephaniah McLeod has been jailed for life for a knife attack in BirminghamZephaniah McLeod has been jailed for life for a knife attack in Birmingham
Zephaniah McLeod has been jailed for life for a knife attack in Birmingham | JPI Media

A killer has been jailed for life over a ‘murderous rampage’ in which a Sheffield man was stabbed to death.

1.37pm - Kiveton Park crash: Friends and family of Ryan Geddes say final goodbyes at funeral

The funeral of Ryan Geddes, one of three friends who were tragically killed in a RTC last month took place at St John the Baptist Church in Wales.The funeral of Ryan Geddes, one of three friends who were tragically killed in a RTC last month took place at St John the Baptist Church in Wales.
The funeral of Ryan Geddes, one of three friends who were tragically killed in a RTC last month took place at St John the Baptist Church in Wales. | JPI Media

One of the young victims of the Kiveton Park crash was laid to rest today at a funeral attended by dozens of his friends and family.

12.55pm - Rotherham Council finance bosses questioned over unspent £5m Covid grants

Finance bosses at Rotherham Council have been questioned over Covid grants of more than £5m, which have been unspent so far.

12.49pm - HS2 Sheffield: South Yorkshire MP says Eastern leg of HS2 being scrapped “massive let down for the north”

John Healey added that Ministers "should apologise" to residents affected by the project.John Healey added that Ministers "should apologise" to residents affected by the project.
John Healey added that Ministers "should apologise" to residents affected by the project. | JPI Media

A South Yorkshire MP has warned that the potential scrapping of the Eastern leg of HS2 is a “massive let-down for the North”, adding that Ministers “should apologise” to residents affected by the project.

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