News In Brief: Big TV switch on begins

Big TV switch begins

THE biggest change to television in Sheffield and Chesterfield for a generation began yesterday (Wednesday) as the first analogue signals were turned off and digital TV boosted to reach all areas.

Analogue BBC Two was permanently turned off and the process will be completed on August 24, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off.

Thousands of viewers in digital black-spots such as Totley and Dronfield were told they can get BBC Freeview channels for the first time, with picture quality improving for many existing viewers.

Sheffield TV signal

SHEFFIELD was named on Tuesday by the Government as one of 65 towns and cities as suitable for establishing local TV stations.

Local charities, community groups and universities will be invited to bid alongside local media companies for the new licences.

Man shot near nursery

TWO men were arrested after a man was shot in the leg near Grace Owen Nursery in Park Hill on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, not believed to be in a life-threatening condition, was taken to hospital after what police thought to be “a dispute between known individuals”.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area while the crime scene is preserved,” added police, who are appealing for information.

High-speed Wicker plea

SHEFFIELD City Council opposition leader Shaffaq Mohammed has called for the proposed high-speed rail line to and from London to cross the Wicker Arches and stop at a new station on the site of the old Victoria station instead of a location outside the city centre.

“It would provide huge potential for regeneration in that area, which badly needs it,” said the Liberal Democrat leader.

Metal thieves strike

THIEVES stole a “substantial” amount of aluminium and cast iron foundry equipment from Spring Foundry in Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, between 6pm on Monday and 6am on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Police are investigating.

Laboratory blaze

FIREFIGHTERS spent two-and-a-half hours at Sheffield University on Monday morning when fire b roke out in an oven in a science laboratory in the Alfred Denny building, off Western Bank.

Checks were made to ensure chemicals and other stored substances were not at risk.