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Watch: Breakdancing competition coming to Sheffield

Akash Hashmi

BBC Radio Sheffield

A national breakdancing competition is coming to Sheffield next month.

The Break the System event on 4 May has been organised by students at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

The sport has been growing in popularity over the past few years since being considered for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Study shows health benefits to green spaces

Funding for green spaces in cities would improve people's well-being, according to a new study.

Botanical Gardens
Sheffield City Council

University of Sheffield researchers found a big improvement in people's health and well-being when they noticed nature.

The research project cost £1.3m and worked with health professionals and planners.

Stonehenge was 'hub for Britain's earliest mass parties'

Evidence of large-scale prehistoric feasting rituals found at Stonehenge could be the earliest mass celebrations in Britain, say archaeologists from the University of Sheffield.

Food at Stonehenge
ENGLISH HERITAGE/PA

The study examined 131 pig bones at four Late Neolithic sites, Durrington Walls, Marden, Mount Pleasant and West Kennet Palisade Enclosures.

The sites, which served Stonehenge and Avebury, hosted the feasts.

Researchers, including a team from the University of Sheffield, think guests had to bring meat raised locally to them, resulting in pigs arriving from distant places.

The results of isotope analysis show the pig bones excavated from these sites were from animals raised in Scotland, the North East of England and West Wales, as well as numerous other locations across Britain.

Man takes homosexuality comments row to Court of Appeal

A religious education teacher who was thrown off a Sheffield University course after being accused of posting "derogatory" comments on Facebook is due to take his case to the Court of Appeal later.

Felix
Christian Concern

Felix Ngole, from Barnsley, who is a devout Christian, was thrown off a two-year MA social work degree course in 2015 after posting on Facebook that "the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin".

Mr Ngole complained that university bosses had unfairly stopped him completing the course, saying he was lawfully expressing a traditional Christian view, but he lost a High Court fight in 2017.

Sheffield University said the decision to remove him from the course was fair and proportionate.

The university said he was taking a "professionally qualifying degree" with the aim of becoming a social worker and argued what he had said would affect gay people he might work with.

Mr Ngole argued that throwing him out breached his human rights, but Deputy High Court judge Rowena Collins Rice ruled that university bosses had acted within the law.

Sheffield Uni alumni among highest taxpayers

A University of Sheffield alumni is second on the list of the UK's top taxpayers, according to the Sunday Times.

Denise Coates
PA

Denise Coates, who co-owns gambling company Bet365 with her family, paid an estimated £156m in tax last year.

They're on the list mainly as a result of Ms Coates' high salary, believed to be the UK's highest which incurred £99m in tax.

Stephen Rubin who owns a majority stake in JD Sports, and his family are the UK's top taxpayers paying out £181.6m last year.

Trans inclusion a 'Sheffield university priority'

The University of Sheffield has been ranked as one of the top 15 most friendly employers for people who are transgender.

Staff at the university
The University of Sheffield

Charity Stonewall says they're one of the best in the country for being "trans-inclusive" - while praising the university for their work towards LGBT+ employees.

The university says it will continue to make trans inclusion a priority over the coming year.

Sheffield student up for national award

A University of Sheffield student has been shortlisted for this year's Women of the Future Awards.

Sarah Sobka
Sarah Sobka

Sarah Sobka has been recognised for her work researching cystic fibrosis.

The medical student has previously been named as UK Young Scientist of The Year.

She was also featured in Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Nick Clegg event cancelled over 'security concerns'

Former Sheffield MP Nick Clegg has pulled out of a meeting in the city due to security concerns.

Nick Clegg
BBC

The former Sheffield Hallam MP was due to attend an event at Sheffield University being put on by the Young Liberals group tomorrow.

His office said after lengthy discussions with both the students union and the university they had no option but to cancel.

The university said it had been happy to host the event.