Teacher Tracey Smith receives 70k compensation after she was unfairly sacked for pruning a tree

Teacher receives 70,000 in compensation after she was sacked for pruning a tree without a risk assessmentShe was also accused of handing out an inappropriate sanction to a childBosses at the secure children's unit said she didn't get on with colleaguesBut Tracey Smith was awarded the maximum 70,000 compensationShe is still jobless after being placed on the 'dismissed persons register'She says the suspension and sacking have 'destroyed her career' By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 16:09 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 24 January 2013 . A teacher has been awarded 70,000 compensation for being unfairly sacked over allegations including pruning a bush without following health and safety procedures. Tracey Smith, 44, was tidying up a courtyard and used a saw to cut back an overgrown buddleia.

Christmas Eve murder: Tears of Alan Greaves"s widow as Bishop holds church service to pay tribute to victim

'I have not stopped crying at the evil that's been done': Organist's widow weeps during emotional tribute at church where he had been due to play on Christmas Eve Widow of Alan Greaves thanks congregation for support since the attackThe 68-year-old was found beaten up as he went to mass on Christmas EveBishop of Sheffield describes the shock and outrage at service today | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 31 December 2012 The wife of an organist who died after he was attacked on the way to play at Midnight Mass said yesterday she had not stopped crying over the ‘evil that has been done’. Maureen Greaves led prayers to husband Alan as dozens came together in grief at the first Sunday service since his death last week. The Bishop of Sheffield, who attended the service, paid tribute to the devout Anglican and lay preacher, saying the church had lost a ‘shining light’.

Dead at 83, Tory MP who blamed the fans for Hillsborough in notorious Sun front page

Tory MP who blamed the fans for Hillsborough in notorious Sun front page dies aged 83Sir Irvine Patnick accused Liverpool fans of causing HillsboroughThe former Tory MP later apologised for his comments | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 The former MP accused of saying Liverpool fans caused the Hillsborough tragedy has died aged 83. Sir Irvine Patnick represented Sheffield Hallam – now Nick Clegg’s constituency – from 1987 to 1997. He was criticised in the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in September, which named him as The Sun newspaper’s source for its ‘The Truth’ story, smearing Liverpool fans after the disaster in which 96 died.

Two men arrested over brutal murder of organist Alan Greaves who was killed in "random attack" as he went to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve

Two men arrested over brutal murder of organist killed in 'random attack' as he went to Midnight Mass Father-of-four Alan Greaves attacked with weapon on Christmas EveMan in his 20s and another in his 40s arrested on suspicion of murderMen are currently in custody and police are 'searching number of properties' Mr Greaves Found by pizza delivery driver but died from injuries in hospital'Bewildered' widow Maureen pays tribute to 'soft and caring husband' | UPDATED: 18:08 GMT, 29 December 2012 Respected: Church organist Alan Greaves, 68, was attacked on his way to Midnight Mass in Sheffield and later died from his injuries Two men have been arrested in relation to the murder of church organist Alan Greaves who was brutally attacked on his way to Midnight Mass.

Looking for a husband to give you a big family? Make sure he"s got lots of brothers

Looking for a husband to give you a big family Make sure he’s got lots of brothers | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 19 December 2012 If you are seeking a man who will give you a big family, first make sure you count how many brothers he has. The greater the number of male siblings your husband has, the more fertile he is likely to be, scientists say

Bethany Adcock, 14, died in front of friend after sniffing aerosols from deodorant can

Schoolgirl, 14, died in front of friend after sniffing aerosols from deodorant can for half an hour in deadly craze at her school Bethany Adcock, 14, of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, died in her bedroomSheffield United FC player had been taught how to sniff aerosols by friend Father recalls 'harrowing call' from Bethany's friend when she collapsedSix girls were trying craze at Meadowhead School when death happened | UPDATED: 11:09 GMT, 14 December 2012 Tragic: Bethany Adcock, 14, of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was one of six girls at Meadowhead School experimenting with the sniffing craze A 14-year-old schoolgirl died after inhaling fumes from a deodorant can in front of a friend in her room as she tried to get high, an inquest heard.

Toddler enjoys first family Christmas at home, after having ELEVEN tumours removed from all over her body

Toddler enjoys first family Christmas at home after having ELEVEN tumours removed from all over her body Lily Atkinson, 2, was diagnosed with cancer neuroblastoma a week before her first birthdayTumours spread to her skull, arms, legs, spine, pelvis and chestAfter undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy she is now strong enough to enjoy Christmas with all her family | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 14 December 2012 A brave two-year-old girl who battled with multiple tumours all over her body is to enjoy her first real family Christmas at home. Lily Atkinson, from Sheffield, was diagnosed with the cancer neuroblastoma a week before her first birthday in June 2011. After having the primary tumour removed from her chest, Lily underwent chemotherapy treatment which destroyed nine others and doctors are hoping the last one, on her skull, which is already shrinking, will eventually disappear.

Man killed in M6 pile up named: Alan Bullock died while two people remain in a serious condition following yesterday"s crash

Police name man killed in nine-vehicle M6 crash as two people involved remain in serious condition in hospitalAlan Bullock, 54, from Blackpool area died in motorway pile upTwo people remain in a serious but stable conditionPolice are still investigating the cause of the crash | UPDATED: 02:44 GMT, 12 December 2012 A man killed in a nine-vehicle pile up on the M6 has been named by police. Alan Bullock, 54, from the Blackpool area, died at the scene from his injuries following the devastating crash on Monday

Misson Springs level crossing death: 4-year-old girl Emma Lifsey dies in hospital

Girl, 4, dies in hospital after train hits car driven by pensioner at level crossing Child airlifted to intensive care after smash on South Yorkshire Nottinghamshire borderEmma Lifsey died in hospital in the early hours of this morning Woman driver, 67, taken to hospital with injuries | UPDATED: 11:17 GMT, 5 December 2012 A four-year-old girl has died in hospital after she and an elderly woman driver were hit by a train when their car went through a level crossing. British Transport Police said a train collided with a car at the Beech Hill crossing on Springs Road, Mission Springs, Nottinghamshire, at 12.35pm yesterday.

Primary school bans parents from baking cakes to sell at Christmas fair unless they hold a food hygiene certificate

Primary school bans parents from baking cakes to sell at Christmas fair unless they hold a food hygiene certificate School letter tells parents homemade donations will not be accepted Headteacher said advice in letter had followed the council’s guidelines | UPDATED: 15:07 GMT, 4 December 2012 Stunned parents will not be able to donate homemade cakes and buns to a primary school Christmas fair because of new health and safety rules.