Join our debate and help make Sheffield better

Star editor Nancy Fielder with BBC Radio Sheffield editor Katrina Bunker
Star editor Nancy Fielder with BBC Radio Sheffield editor Katrina Bunker

Today The Star is teaming up with BBC Radio Sheffield to use our combined voices to drive Sheffield forward for you.

We are working together in a unique partnership to make the opinions of Sheffielders heard more loudly and strengthen the city’s place on the national map.

We want to celebrate the many, many good things happening here but also demand and work for better.

Together we will be host debates and facilitate big local conversations.

Our first initiative is working with the police, our readers and listeners to ask what we need from our Force for the Future.

We will be holding the first joint public debate of its kind – and you’re invited.

It will be in the Open Centre of Radio Sheffield, hosted by breakfast presenter Toby Foster, at 6.30pm on Monday, October 17.

The panel will be made up of the force’s new Chief Constable Stephen Watson, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings and chairman of the South Yorkshire Branch of the Police Federation Neil Bowles.

We want Star readers and Radio Sheffield listeners to take your place in the audience and ask the questions needed to move our police forward and restore public trust.

Star editor Nancy Fielder said: “I am really proud to be working with Radio Sheffield to show how important local media remains and the positive role we play in our communities. Every single one of our police officers is accountable to the people of South Yorkshire but they also need our support in shaping a positive future.

“We cannot allow our force to be hostage to its past. Politicians across the country have had their say on South Yorkshire Police and now it is time for the people they are tasked to protect to get involved.”

BBC Radio Sheffield Editor Katrina Bunker said: “One of the best things about the local media is the role we have in championing our local communities. Part of that is about holding to account and asking the difficult questions. It’s also about making sure our audience have a voice and a forum to be heard.

“Working alongside our local newspaper colleagues on big local issues and significant debates means we can have even more impact with our journalism and our audiences can have a bigger say on the way their public services are run in the future. The public debate on the police will be the first in what I hope will be a series of big events our two newsrooms will work together on.”

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