Sheffield news LIVE: Iconic music venues at risk of closure and council rules out South Yorkshire town being forced into local lockdown

Welcome to The Star’s live blog on Wednesday, July 1.

By Sarah Marshall
Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 3:31 pm

We will be bringing you a round-up of all of the news and live traffic and travel information for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, as well as the biggest national news stories.

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Both The Leadmill and Corporation are at risk of closure

Sheffield news LIVE: Iconic music venues at risk of closure and council rules out South Yorkshire town being forced into local lockdown

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00


  • Leadmill, Corporation and Abbeydale Picture House at risk of closure as lockdown decimates music industry
  • Resident’s fury after Sheffield neighbourhood left covered in rubbish
  • Tributes paid  to ‘adored’ mum killed in Firth Park attack 
  • 'Increased police presence’ on Sheffield estate after guns fired on TWO streets in space of eight minutes
  • Easy Jet and Ryanair ramp up flight schedules
  • Two South Yorkshire towns could be among next areas forced into ‘local lockdown’
  • The search for a missing man, 65, who was last seen on Monday is continuing today
  • Wizz Air resume flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport
  • Up to 5,000 jobs at SSP, owner of Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza



Wizz Air resume flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Wizz aeroplane taking off from DSA

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has announced that following the relaxation of travel restrictions Wizz Air will be restarting operations from DSA today, with the first flights expected to Riga, Krakow, Vilnius and Bucharest.

Wizz Air is DSA’s largest airline, having operated from the airport for over a decade, with flights starting in 2006.

The airline anticipates that more destinations will soon be added to the list of available flights from DSA, as the­­ Government and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) relax current legislation and restrictions on international travel.

Dee Thomas, Director of Operations at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said “We’re so happy to welcome back Wizz Air passengers to DSA, getting their holiday and travel plans back on track.

“Wizz is a valued partner of Doncaster Sheffield Airport and we are proud to be one of their UK bases. We celebrated 4 million passengers last year and look forward to welcoming many more now that operations have restarted.”

DSA remained fully operation during the Coronavirus pandemic, continuing its freight activities, including the delivery of perishable goods and personal protective equipment, however Wizz Air passengers will be the first to return to the airport, to be followed by TUI passengers next month.

Traffic moving slowly on Sheffield Parkway and Derek Dooley Way

Motorists are experiencing the normal delays on Sheffield Parkway in the direction of the city centre, and on the turn off for Derek Dooley Way, according to the latest available data from The AA. 

There are also delays on Duke Street, on the approach to the Park Square roundabout in the city centre. 

Traffic is also moving slowly on Shrewsbury Road, St Mary’s Road and Queen’s Road this morning. 

There are delays on the Parkway this morning

New stories on The Star this morning

- Police close road after residents report gunfire on Sheffield street

Officers flooded Arbourthorne last night amid reports of gunfire on the city estate.

A large cordon was put in place on Errington Avenue, which remained under police guard last night.

More details here

- Meadowhall fashion shop set to close as chain announces its shutting all stores

Around 600 workers will lose their jobs at TM Lewin as the shirtmaker said it would close all of its shops after taking a major hit during the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here for more on this story. 

Search for missing man, 65, continuing today

Police officers are asking for the public’s help to locate Lewis Wigley, as concerns grow for his welfare.

Lewis, 64, was last seen at around 6pm on Monday, June 29 at his home address in Edgedale Road, Nether Edge.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said Lewis may be wearing a button up shirt, brown cardigan and black jeans.

They added: "He is described as being 5ft 6ins tall, of stocky build, with a bald patch at the back of his head. He has a fair complexion and is likely to be unshaven.

“Have you seen Lewis? Do you know where he might be?”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 273 of June 30, 2020.

Have you seen Lewis Wigley?

35-year-old woman killed in Firth Park attack is named by police

A woman killed in an attack in Firth Park on Friday, June 26 has now been named as Kimberley Smith

Kimberley, known as Kimmy, was found unconscious and unresponsive after ambulance crews were called to an address in Pavilion Way, Firth Park, at 8.25am that day. 

Sheffield mum Kimberley Smith, 35, died on Friday, June 26

The 35-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly died shortly before 5pm.

A 22-year-old man from Sheffield remains on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of Kimberley’s murder. 

Her family have paid tribute to her. 

They said: “Kimmy was a much adored mother, daughter, sister and loved one and we, her family, request time to grieve in peace.”

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said Kimberley’s family is being supported and ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.

Detective Chief Inspector James Axe, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “At some time between 4am and 4.30am on Friday (26 June), it’s understood that Kimberley left an address located in Lilac Road, Firth Park. We believe she then walked to Pavilion Way.

“It is now our priority to build up a picture of exactly what happened between her leaving the Lilac Road address and paramedics being called at 8.25am.

“If you were in the area and believe you saw Kimberley that morning, please contact us. We are also looking to speak to anyone who believes they hold information that may assist us as we investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.”

Detectives are still awaiting the full results of a post-mortem examination to establish the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 450 of June 26, or send a message directly to the investigation team via their online portal:

Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

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