Boxer dies in crash
A FORMER Sheffield boxer died on Monday in a crash in the Rivelin Valley involving his motorcycle and a car.
Friends named the 38-year-old motorcyclist from Richmond, Sheffield as former professional boxer Thomas Bradley. With a nickname T-Bar, he was a light welterweight between 1995 and 1999, winning 10 fights, drawing four and losing one.
He was on a black Yamaha FZ1 travelling out of Sheffield that collided at the junction with Rails Road with a green Ford Fiesta travelling towards Stannington on Monday at around 7.25pm. He died at the scene. An inquest was due to be opened yesterday (Wednesday).
The Fiesta driver, a 25-year-old man who lives in the city centre, was uninjured but was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Families lose homes
MORE than 2,300 South Yorkshire families were handed court orders demanding repossession of their homes last year, as people struggled to keep up with mortgages.
Research by homelessness charity Shelter reveals parts of South Yorkshire to have some of the worst “repossession hotspots” in the country.
Between May 2010 and April this year, 605 possession orders were handed out in Sheffield, 380 in Rotherham, 295 in Barnsley and 560 in Doncaster. Every area in South Yorkshire was above the national rate.
Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: “This research paints a frightening picture of repossession hotspots where homeowners are literally on the brink of losing the roof over their head.
“All it takes is one thing like job loss to tip people over the edge into the spiral of debt, repossession and homelessness.”
Foreign roads warning
HOLIDAYMAKERS heading for foreign roads are being warned by Sheffield solicitors to be aware of the potential dangers.
Checking the local rules of the road and making yourself familiar with your hire car’s layout could save lives, say personal injury lawyers Russell Jones & Walker, who deal every year with claims stemming from accidents abroad, ranging from simple shunts to tragic fatalities.
Matthew Tomlinson, who heads the foreign claims division in Sheffield, said: “People arrive at the airport, pick up their hire car and drive straight off to their apartment or hotel, often unaware that unfamiliarity with the layout of a hire car, getting accustomed to driving on the “wrong” side of the road and general fatigue after what may have been a long journey makes them at their most vulnerable during their first hour of driving overseas.
“And if you are unfortunate enough to be injured in an accident, you need to remember you will be subject to the rules of the country where the accident occurred in relation to limitation, liability and indeed the value of a claim.”
School’s open morning
AMBITIOUS plans to create a 1,000-pupil Sheffield Christian Free School, with ten sites across the city, will take a step forward at an open morning on Saturday.
Bethany School will officially launch its strategy at its premises in Finlay Street, Netherthorpe, from 10am to 1.30pm.
Anyone interested in learning more about the scheme is invited to go along and join in teacher, parent and pupil forums and presentations on the proposal.
There will be children’s entertainment and stalls selling plants, cakes, cards and jewellery.