A recession in the 1930s was halted by increasing international tensions as the Second World War loomed; Sheffield's steel factories were set to work manufacturing weapons and ammunition for the war effort. As a result, the city became a target for bombing raids, the heaviest of which occurred on the nights of 12 and 15 December 1940, now known as the Sheffield Blitz. More than 660 lives were lost and many buildings destroyed.[24]

Sheffield heritage bosses have launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for the treatment of a beloved work horse.

Sheffield is policed by South Yorkshire Police (a territorial police force) whose headquarters are in the city. Sheffield constitutes one of its four Basic Command Units (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham being the other three).[212] The force polices an area of approximately 1,554 square kilometres and is the 13th largest force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The force has in its possession one Police helicopter, known as Sierra Yankee 99.[213]

Two leading clinicians at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been appointed as national chairs of NHS England’s Clinical Reference Groups, which aim to improve outcomes for millions of people receiving specialist NHS services across the country.

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Sheffield also has a very wide variety of habitat, comparing favourably with any city in the United Kingdom: urban, parkland and woodland, agricultural and arable land, moors, meadows and freshwater-based habitats. There are six areas within the city that are designated as sites of special scientific interest.[39]

Sheffield's local bus infrastructure has its main hub at Sheffield Interchange. Other bus stations lie at Halfway, Hillsborough and Meadowhall. A flurry of new operators was created after deregulation in 1986,[104] though a series of mergers has reduced the number.

East Midlands Airport is within one hour's drive of the city, and Manchester Airport is connected directly to Sheffield by a direct train every hour.

The "Sheffield International Linking Committee" promotes Sheffield overseas, especially with five sister cities:[219]

One of the Sheffield trees threatened by felling is on the shortlist for a national award.

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In 2012, Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone was launched to promote development in a number of sites in Sheffield and across the wider region. In March 2014 additional sites were added to the zone.[86]

Sheffield has two commercial newspapers, The Star and Sheffield Telegraph, both published by Johnston Press PLC. The Star has been published daily since 1897; the Sheffield Telegraph, now a weekly publication, originated in 1855.[186]

This summer a herd of elephant sculptures will descend on Sheffield for the biggest public art event the city has ever seen!

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Our Vice-Chancellor has been appointed as the new President of the Science Council and will help raise the profile and status of UK science.

producing some of the most innovative theatre work anywhere outside of London

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation (S&SY) is a system of navigable inland waterways (canals and canalised rivers) in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.[95] Chiefly based on the River Don, it runs for a length of 43 miles (69 km) and has 29 locks. It connects Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster with the River Trent at Keadby and (via the New Junction Canal) the Aire and Calder Navigation.[96]

Sheffield was selected as a candidate host city by the Football Association (FA) as part of the English 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bid on 16 December 2009.[127] Hillsborough Stadium was chosen as the proposed venue for matches in Sheffield.[128] The bid failed.

Following the closure of Sheffield City Airport in 2008, the closest international airport to Sheffield is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is located 18 miles (29 km) less than 40 minutes from the city centre. It operates on the site of the former RAF Finningley. DSA airport opened on 28 April 2005 and is served mainly by charter and budget airlines. It handles about one million passengers a year.[97]

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Sheffield has two universities, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The two combined bring about 65,000 students to the city every year.[112][113] Sheffield University was established in 1897 as University College Sheffield and became the University of Sheffield in 1905.

Council owned/run buildings are maintained by Kier Group Sheffield in partnership with the council.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city of Sheffield at Weston Park, since records began in 1882, is −14.5 °C (5.9 °F), registered in February 1895.[citation needed] The lowest daytime maximum temperature in the city since records began is −5.6 °C (21.9 °F), also recorded in February 1895.[citation needed]

HBS Radio (Hospital Broadcasting Sheffield) broadcasts a 24-hour service to the Royal Hallamshire, Jessop Wing, Northern General and Weston Park Hospitals. HBS is operated by volunteers from studios at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and is provided free to bedside terminals via Hospedia and on medium wave 1431am from a transmitter at the Northern General Hospital.[190]

Thirteen-year-old Ben O’ Brien, who lost his leg to cancer, couldn’t believe his eyes when British professional boxer and world champion Amir Khan joined him in the ring during a gruelling training session for Stand Up To Cancer.

The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup was made in Sheffield in 1892. Sheffield is also home to the Sheffield Steel Rollergirls, a roller derby team.

The coldest temperature to be recorded in recent years was −8.2 °C (17.2 °F).[44] (Note: The official Weston Park Weather Station statistics, which can also be viewed at Sheffield Central Library, has the temperature at −8.7 °C (16.3 °F), recorded on 20 December, and states that to be the lowest December temperature since 1981.)

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Sheffield Theatres has received eight nominations at the UK Theatre Awards.

Sheffield made the shortlist for the first city to be designated UK City of Culture, but in July 2010 it was announced that Derry had been selected.[130]

An adventure through science, music, nature and imagination, led by ornithologist Professor Tim Birkhead.

For much of its history the council was controlled by the Labour Party, and was noted for its leftist sympathies; during the 1980s, when Sheffield City Council was led by David Blunkett, the area gained the epithet the "Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire".[27] However, the Liberal Democrats controlled the Council between 1999 and 2001 and took control again from 2008 to 2011.

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Even in the cold-blooded world of boxing, there was a chillingly insulting edge to the remark.

A 37-year-old man has been charged with serious sexual offences against teenage girls in South Yorkshire and Essex.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal has promised to stick to his footballing principles despite Sheffield Wednesday’s continued struggles away from Hillsborough.

The population of Sheffield peaked in 1951 at 577,050, and has since declined steadily. However, the mid-2007 population estimate was 530,300, representing an increase of about 17,000 residents since 2001.[57]

The "UK Cities Monitor 2008" placed Sheffield among the top ten "best cities to locate a business today", the city occupying third and fourth places respectively for best office location and best new call centre location. The same report places Sheffield in third place regarding "greenest reputation" and second in terms of the availability of financial incentives.[69]