News In Brief: Girl, 15, hit by car

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old girl suffered serious head injuries as she was hit by a car as she crossed Bradway Road near Birchitt Road.

They believe the girl, from the Hope Valley area, got out of a car in a car park, ran along the pavement and attempted to cross the road from behind a vehicle, running into the path of a black VW Passat travelling towards Totley at 3pm on Sunday. She was detained in the Children’s Hospital. The car driver, a 34-year-old Sheffield man, was not injured.

Girlguider’s honour

GIRLGUIDING member Debbie Loukes has been chosen by the new High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, to act as his cadet, accompanying him on some of his official engagements.

A theatre assistant at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, she is a leader with the Holy Trinity Rainbow unit in Hillsborough and has recently completed her Queens’ Guide Award.

Developers’ boost

A PIONEERING scheme to encourage development in Sheffield city centre was approved by the council’s cabinet.

Developers of small and medium-sized office, housing and other projects within the inner ring road will not be required to pay towards infrastructure improvements, such as road changes and public art, if they start work within 18 months of receiving planning permission. Half the contribution will be paid if completion is within two years .

Students’ helping hand

SHEFFIELD University students’ union is organising a clean-up of Broomhill streets on Saturday.

“Older residents frequently moan about students but the reality is that the vast majority are public spirited, courteous and hard-working,” said Howard Fry, secretary of the community group, Broomhill Forum. Other volunteers can lend a hand starting at the Parkers Lane car park, off Whitham Road, at 10am.

Fire rescue drama

A 53-YEAR-OLD man was rescued from his smoke-filled Sheffield flat by firefighters after a burning wheelie bin is thought to have been pushed against his back door.

The victim was trapped inside the bedroom of his home on the corner of Lowedges Road and Boland Road at around 3.15am on Monday. Police said the fire caused “considerable damage” to the property.