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Son's new appeal over Sheffield mum's murder in 1997

A man has appealed for help bringing his mother's killer to justicemore than two decades after her murder.

Patricia Grainger
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Patricia Grainger, 25, was strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted near her home in Parson Cross, Sheffield, in August 1997.

Her body was found submerged face down under a divan bed base in Hartley Brook in nearby woodland.

Her killer has never been found.

Her son, Danny Grainger, said: “She was treated as if she wasn’t human and brutalised in the most sickening way.

“Someone in the community must know what happened to Pat and has sat on this secret for decades."

Meanwhile, a £10,000 Crimestoppers reward being offered in connection with finding Mrs Grainger's murderer has been extended for a further three months.

Mr Grainger said: "There’s still time for you to do the right thing, to tell the truth and help us get answers.”

Gemma Gibbs, from Crimestoppers, said: “If you have information, please speak up. You may be eligible for a reward and the family could finally have some of the answers they've been seeking for far too long.”

Fundraising 60th birthday for woman with spina bifida

A woman whose parents were told she may not survive more than 60 seconds has celebrated her 60th birthday by raising money for the hospital which saved her.

Carmel Proctor
Carmel Proctor

Carmel Proctor (pictured), from Cusworth, Doncaster, was born on 8 August 1960 with myelomeningocele, the most severe type of spina bifida, where the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly leaving a gap in the spine.

Her parents were told she was unlikely to survive, but following operations at Sheffield Children's Hospital, she went on to have a full life and now has a two-year-old grandson.

She said she had a "fabulous day" with family and friends on her 60th birthday on Saturday, and because her fundraising day on Sunday was cancelled she had decided to walk 60 miles throughout July and August instead.

She's so far raised over £2,200 for Sheffield Children's Hospital and says she intends to keep fundraising for the children's hospital for some weeks to come.

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

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M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for M180 and J6 for A614 Selby Road.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M18 northbound between J5, M180 (Doncaster North Services) and J6, A614 (Thorne), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Biker seriously injured in collision with road sign

A motorcyclist who hit a road sign in Rotherham "head on" after losing control of the vehicle has suffered serious head and spine injuries, police say.

Rotherham Road
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The crash happened on Rotherham Road, near Parkgate Retail Park, shortly after 01:45 on Sunday morning.

The 40-year-old rider of a grey Yamaha motorbike, who it's believed wasn't wearing a crash helmet, left the road about 25m after passing under a railway bridge.

Anyone who saw the incident, or who saw the bike prior to the crash, is being asked to contact police.

Officers say they're particularly keen to hear from anyone with dash cam or CCTV footage.

The rider of a Husqvarna bike believed to have been in the area at the time of the collision is also being asked to contact police.