Further Update on Issues in Frecheville

Thank you to those who have commented on this website on the previous police update. This is to let you know that a meeting was held on Friday 10 May with Jayne Mason, several residents, Councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan. We would like to thank those residents that attended we found the meeting productive and thank them for their suggestions. Following this meeting Councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan met with Inspector Struggles and Sargent Kay Fitzgerald. The following was discussed:

• Residents to be encouraged to report crimes by the following methods:

– Reports of crime can be made on the number below or anonymously to Crimestoppers-uk.org or 0800 555 111.
– Telephone 999, 101 or online at https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldsoutheastnhp/
– Twitter: @SheffSE_NHP
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• Councillors requested details on the process of what happens when someone reports a crime to 101 and Crimestoppers. This will be posted shortly.
• Inspector Struggles will look into the possibility of a MOCAM being located on the park area.
• Mounted Police have been requested by Inspector Struggles for the Frecheville area to take place in the next couple of weeks – this can only take place if the service is available.
• Councillors to meet with Jayne Mason to discuss and support her.

We all need to work together this includes local Councillors, police, schools, Sheffield Futures, residents and parents. If you see a crime report it – the police need local intelligence – please use the methods outlined above to report a crime and if you have photographic evidence please send this in also.

The local police officers are listed below. Please note – The team has lost Sgt Joe Hunt and cover the following ward areas:


Inspector David Struggles
Sgt 3563 Kay Fitzgerald
PC 1183 Sarah Morton
PC 2237 Scott Padley
PC 517 Robert Lockwood
PC 2483 Stephanie Dodd
PC 1637 Louise Lavin
PC 216 Matt Thompson

PCSO 8330 Roger Shalome – Frecheville/ Birley/ Hackenthorpe
PCSO 8234 Philip Clayton – Intake/ Basegreen/Charnock

We will provide further updates when information is received

Update from Police on concerns in Frecheville

I have been made aware of community concerns raised on social media related to ASB incidents over the bank holiday weekend.

At the current time 4 people are in custody and are being processed by a member of my team. I will update on the outcome of the enquiry in due course. The witnesses and victims are being interviewed by officers and as with any reported crimes, will receive personal contact from the investigating officers throughout the investigation.

In relation to ongoing ASB concerns in S12, the team have been made aware of the issue by local councillors and the community. For the last few weeks we have increased patrols in the area. Groups of youths have been identified and in some cases home visits have taken place and interventions made. This work will continue throughout the course of the next few months in conjunction with local schools.

Where more robust enforcement is required, appropriate measures will be taken. Officers have been directed to utilise stop and search powers, where grounds permit and will continue to do so moving forward.

If there are any particularly vulnerable and repeat victims of crime or ASB, please let me know and individual visits can be arranged to offer bespoke support and reassurance.

As mentioned above a patrol plan is in place for the S12 area, so please encourage reporting via the approved channels, this will ensure we have relevant details recorded correctly that can be used in the most effective way. We will act upon any information passed to us, any names addresses and description etc will be useful. The approved reporting channels are 999, 101 or email.

Insp Dave Struggles

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Supporting the Friends of Birley Spa Bath House

Article written by Councillor Denise Fox

Cllr Denise Fox & Cllr Karen McGowan supporting the Friends the of the Birley Spa Bath House. The group attended the painted fabrics event at the Cutlers Hall on Saturday 6th April selling merchandise with the logo of the Bath house. It was great to see them talking to the public explaining about the Victorian Bath House and raising the awareness.

Friend John Burkill

Article by Denise Fox

Cllr Denise Fox was so proud of her friend John Burkill aged 80 yrs old receiving the highest honour bestowed on anyone “the freedom of the city”. She said “It is so well deserved, John has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Macmillan nurses. John has walked with his pram wearing shorts and green curly wig in all weathers in over 1000 races. I accompanied him when I was Lord Mayor and collected money with him. John never asks for a penny people of all ages want to willing give him money. He has a smile and a kind word for everyone. He makes people feel special. I feel honoured to know him.

This is his book priced £5 available at various places including Sheffield markets.

Supporting the Friend of the Crags

Article written by Denise Fox

Cllr Karen McGowan and Cllr Denise Fox attended the Painted Fabrics event at the Cutlers Hall on Saturday 6th April. They visited the friends of the Crags stall. They had made all their own products, which included pin cushions, bunting, recycled bags, bunnies containing easter eggs and much much more. They came together to raise funds for their group to improve the crags for everyone to enjoy.

Birley Blitz Litter Pick 9 February 2019

On 9th February the Birley Ward Councillors were joined by Hackenthorpe Litter Picks and Owlthorpe Forum to litter pick on Silkstone Road. Councillor Denise Fox said “although it was a very windy day the turn out from Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers and Owlthorpe Forum meant we were able to clear a lot of litter from the street and wooded area. We retrieved lots of cans, bottles, litter as well as plastic garden furniture and carpets” Councillor Karen McGowan added “it was disappointing that no local residents joined us, we hear a lot of complaints from residents about litter so we organised this litter pick in response to people’s concerns”. The Birley ward councillors would like to thank the Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers, Owlthorpe Forum and Sheffield City Councils Parks & Countryside Department for supporting this event.

We need your help to stop fly-tipping and to keep our communities clean of litter. Any evidence you can provide would also be considered such as vehicle registration number (you can report this anonymously). If you see any fly-tipping you can:

Telephone: 0114 2744567
Email: Streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk
Or contact one of your local labour councillors

For more information see https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/sheffield/home/pollution-nuisance.html

70 Year Anniversary Frecheville and District Branch Royal British Legion

Your Birley Ward councillors have worked for many years with the local Royal British Legion (RBL) branch and were pleased and very proud to be invited to the recent celebration and rededication service held at Christ Church, Hackenthorpe on 2nd December. The founders 70 years ago set up a branch to further the aims of the RBL and the members continue to this day to support those who have served in the armed forces.

In recent years, working with the RBL and other Veteran Groups in the ward, we have supported a number of initiatives, the latest of these seeing the installation of a second interpretation board on Heathfield Road, and the rededication of the trees of remembrance. In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, we have also secured the installation of a bench, dedicated to the memory of those from the wider area who gave their lives in the service of their country.

In November, we were pleased to support the Notice Of Motion at Full Council to install a plaque to commemorate the Sheffield Pals who took the Kings Shilling in the council chamber. A petition presented by the Chair of the RBL Frecheville Branch, Pat Davey, supported the call and members of the branch heard your councillors speak in support of the proposal.

Community Spirit in Action

Well done to Frecheville Sports & Social Club U12 Football team who have been out “in training” delivering the Birley Ward Community Leaflet. All the hard work paid off as they won and are through to the cup semi finals – well done.

Frecheville Library Christmas Fayre

Article written by Cllr Denise Fox

Frecheville Library & Learning Centre organised a Christmas Fayre on the 1st December. It was very well attended and very enjoyable. Cakes as well as candles and knitted items were for sale as well as other charities doing stalls to raise funds for their cayses.
Outside the bollards were decorated by the knitting and craft group that looked very inviting and reminding passers by about the Christmas Fayre a very ungenious idea.

Walkabout with Home Group

Article written by Councillor Denise Fox

Local councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan was joined by housing officers from Homegroup on 9th November on a walkabout.

After receiving complaints about the repairs to the properties not being followed up Cllr Denise Fox contacted Homegroup. After a meeting with Directors a walkabout was arranged and housing officers travelled to Sheffield to join us and took time to speak with residents.

Denise said “now we’ve been able to get our points across to the officers we should be able to hold Homegroup more accountable”.

Birley Ward Newsletter No. 2 ready for circulation

Over the past year the Birley ward councillors invited all the community groups across the Birley Ward to come together, In these times of austerity we felt it was important for them to work together, share resources and put in joint funding bids. They worked hard to produce the first Birley Ward Newsletter which was delivered in July 2018 by volunteers from all the community groups involved to the 7000 Birley ward residents. The aim of the newsletter is to inform the community of the various groups and activities taking place across the ward that they can get involved in. We are proud to announce that the next edition has now arrived so watch this space for it arriving through your letter box very soon.