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Car plates stolen

POLICE raided two homes in Cannon Hall Road after around 15 number plates were stolen from cars parked in the area over the last seven or eight weeks, some belonging to staff at the nearby Northern General Hospital.

Around half the plates have been used on vehicles involved in drive-offs from petrol stations in which motorists drive away without paying.

Sgt Matt Wooding, of Ecclesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have now flooded the area with extra police patrols to try to catch the offenders in the act and as a deterrent.”

Tribute to ex-councillor

SOUTH Yorkshire County Council Association, whose members who used to work for the old authority, will hold a minute’s silence at their annual general meeting on June 23 in memory of former councillor Ken Arnold, who has died aged 97.

Mr Arnold, a Sheffield solicitor, was also a former alderman, city councillor and was Lord Mayor in 1973/74.

Phone mast protest

RESIDENTS in Grenoside say a proposed mobile phone mast in Main Street would be an eyesore. Ecclesfield Parish Council is lodging an objection with Sheffield City Council, which will decide whether to grant permission. Members say a more suitable location is Skew Hill, where there are already masts.

Abbey restored

BEAUCHIEF Abbey opens to the public this weekend after being closed for a winter facelift that uncovered two medieval stone doorways and traces of medieval painting.

Visitors can stroll around the grounds of the original medieval monastery, discover fishponds built by monks and explore the chapel that was reclaimed from the ruins of the monastery in 1670s. The building, off Abbey Lane, is open on from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 1.30pm to 4pm.