Sheffield news LIVE: Snow falls in city and across South Yorkshire
Welcome to The Star’s live blog this first weekend of 2021.
Our blog below was updated with the latest news for Sheffield and South Yorkshire – along with some of the biggest national stories of the day.
Sheffield news LIVE
Last updated: Saturday, 02 January, 2021, 16:18
- This live blog has now ended
Wrap up warm!
Parts of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area could see a dusting of snow this afternoon (January 2), the Met Office said.
In case you missed it
This is the spectacular moment fireworks lit up the sky over Sheffield to celebrate the arrival of 2021.
‘Close all primary and secondary schools’
Amid growing concerns about cornavirus nationally, Dr Mary Bousted, joint head of the National Education Union - which has more than 450,000 members - has called for all primary and secondary schools to be closed.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: "We know (the new strain of the virus) is up to 70 per cent more infectious and the thing we do uniquely with children is we put them all together in secondary schools where we know children really can transmit, in year group bubbles of up to 240 pupils with no social distancing.
"So it is not difficult to see why secondary school pupils are the highest age group for Covid infection and primary schools are the second highest."
Secondary schools in England will stagger their return after Christmas. Pupils taking exams in 2021 will now start on January 11, with other year groups returning in person on January 18. Most primary schools in England will return on January 4 but in London and some surrounding areas they will not open for most pupils until January 18.
Report from the courts
A South Yorkshire man had been given a suspended prison sentence after he assaulted a woman after twice making threats of violence against her, court records show.
Through the keyhole
This 'beautifully finished' three-bed terraced house in one of Sheffield's best suburbs is on the market for £300,000
A three-bedroom terraced house described as ‘stunning’ by an estate agent is on the market in Sheffield with an asking price of £300,000.
Your 2021 hopes
UK ticket-holder wins nearly £40million
A UK ticket-holder has started 2021 by winning the EuroMillions jackpot of nearly £40million.
One ticket matched all five regular numbers and two lucky stars in the draw on Friday night to win the £39,774,466.40 prize.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “What an amazing start to 2021 for UK EuroMillions players.”
The winning numbers were 16, 28, 32, 44 and 48 with the lucky stars 01 and 09.
Mr Carter said 10 other ticket-holders had each won £1m in the UK Millionaire Maker New Year's Day event.
Those who had bought a ticket should check their numbers and contact the National Lottery ‘to claim the first big prizes of 2021’, he added.
A Sheffield dad has warned residents to be vigilant after his car was broken into twice in a space of one month.
Met Office alert
South Yorkshire is on snow alert.
Data shows there were 175 positive tests for Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Sheffield in the latest week - December 22 to December 28. The average area in England had 307.