News in Brief: Banks closure protest

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OPPOSITION Liberal Democrats have lodged a motion at next Wednesday’s council meeting to try to save NatWest branches in Bradway, Highfield and Earl Street in the city centre, which they say are due to close on July 13.

If the branches were to shut, many residents would be left with an unacceptable distance to an alternative local branch, which will prove particularly difficult and expensive for elderly people on a low incomes, they say.

Blades boost for fan

A MATCH between Blades fans and a Sheffield United All Stars Team before United’s Community Day at Bramall Lane raised £1,466 for supporter Karl Darby, aged 44, who suffers from Mycolonic Epilepsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

The money will enable a lift to be installed at his parents’ house, so that Karl can move back home.

Train satisfaction

THE latest National Passenger Survey indicates 86% of passengers with East Midlands Trains, which runs the route between Sheffield and London, are satisfied with the service. The company is spending £40m on trains and stations.

Peak cycle challenge

FIVE friends with a combined age of 260 will cycle 100 miles around the Peak District on Saturday to raise money for Help for Heroes and the St Anselm’s Foundation.

Led by Steve Rick, of Sheffield-based operations delivery specialists Caudata, the ride will see the group climb more than 7,000ft within five hours. Visit

Black and white lingers

FORTY years after colour TV was introduced, 223 households in Sheffield still have a black and white licence, according to TV Licensing.