Amber Sheehy: Family’s heartbreak as daughter dies of cancer an hour before ninth birthday

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Tributes have been paid to a young girl who died from cancer one hour before her ninth birthday.

Amber Sheehy from Norwich was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April.

Her family said on social media that she died late on Saturday evening “with dignity after fighting a battle she couldn’t win”.

Amber, who played for Horsford FC’s under-nine girls’ team, was Norwich’s City Football Club’s fan of the season last season.

Her family said she died at 23:00 GMT.

Amber’s mum Amanda Sheehy said on Twitter: “My heart has broken.

“Life changed forever, but I promise I will make a difference to other families going through a terminal cancer diagnosis of a child.”
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Amber Sheehy

Norwich City also tweeted out a tribute saying the whole club was deeply saddened and their thoughts were with her family

Amber was named the club’s fan of the year last year.

Amber had been diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of five in April 2019 after she started having headaches and being sick in the mornings.

She appeared to have successfully completed her treatment in 2021 and was able to ring a bell signifying her cancer had gone.

But it returned in April 2022 and Amber had spent the past four months in The Nook hospice being cared for.

Her football team, Horsford Under 9s plan to celebrate her life at next weekend’s matches.

They praised Amber’s “most courageous battle”.

Police arrest wanted man with links to Brighton

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Sussex Police said today (Friday 6 January) that Joe Murphy, who turns 26 today, had been arrested.

He was wanted on recall to prison and for failing to attend court to face a charge of having an offensive weapon in a public place.

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Joe Murphy

Murphy, of Mill Road, Burgess Hill, was arrested in October on suspicion of having an offensive weapon – a glass bottle – in a public place.

But he failed to turn up for court later the same month and magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

Sussex Police issued an appeal for help to find him on Wednesday 28 December.

He was not understood to have been arrested in Brighton and Hove.

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Sheffield’s ‘magical’ wedding venue which is one of the UK’s most unique places to get married: more details


Lots of couples got engaged over the festive period with their attention now turning to the perfect venue to tie the knot.

Of course, you are going to be after somewhere truly unique and rather special to celebrate your special day. Thankfully, across Yorkshire we have some wonderful venues to choose from with the Sheffield Botanical Gardens being one which will catch the eye for many.

You can invite up to 80 guests to share your wedding day with you. As part of the occasion, you will have use of the central pavilion at the beautiful site for a ceremony of up to one hour. After, your party can gather outside the pavilions in the gardens for drinks and photographs.

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Sheffield Botanical Gardens

A spokesperson for the venue said: “It is a truly magical place, with incredible beauty, perfect for saying ‘I do’. By choosing the gardens as your venue you will become part of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens’ history.

“Your ceremony will take place within the central pavilion to the side of the fountain. You will be surrounded by an amazing range of Australian plants, including Acacias and Bottlebrushes.”