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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 for more coverage for South Yorkshire.

Until then, why not pick up a pen and get designing your own Nelly the Elephant?

Herd of Sheffield graphic
Herd of Sheffield / Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity

As part of one of the biggest art projects seen in Sheffield this year, BBC Radio Sheffield is giving you the opportunity to design an elephant for the radio station.

Your elephant could then be part of a sculpture trail of painted elephants dotted around Sheffield city centre.

Elephants in Sheffield's Winter Gardens
BBC

So how do you get involved? Just print off this application form and get designing! 

Anyone can take part - but if you're under 18 your form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

South Yorkshire's weather: Some rain ahead for this evening

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening will see showers or longer spells of rain this evening. Then, aside from the odd shower for the hills, it'll be dry overnight with clear spells. 

Light winds allowing some fog patches to develop and a touch of frost and a minimum temperature of about 2C (36F).

Tomorrow will see a chilly start then sunny spells and showers with a top temperature of about 10C (50 F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Sheffield boxers raising money to support injured Nick Blackwell

BBC Sport

Sheffield boxers Adam Etches and Kell Brook are raising money to support injured boxer Nick Blackwell.

Blackwell, 25, is in an induced coma after losing his British middleweight title to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday.  

So far, they've raised almost £5,000 on their crowdfunding page.

Phone scam warning for Barnsley residents

Mick Lunney

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Now, more details on a phone scam in Barnsley.

A number of residents across the borough have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from Barnsley Council or another public body.  

Cordless phone
Wikipedia

In each case, the caller has claimed to be dealing with an insurance or compensation claim that the member of the public has made against the council, and a few further details are required. 

Barnsley Council has reminded residents they would:

  • NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone, so do not disclose these to anyone, no matter who they claim to be
  • NEVER ask you to withdraw money and send it to them via a courier, taxi or by any other means

First signs for Sheffield's new running routes

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

I've been reporting up in Graves Park, where you can already see evidence of Sheffield's bid to have one of the country's biggest networks of running routes.

It's been announced today that more than £100,000 from England Athletics will go towards building more than 20 newly marked trails like this one in Graves Park.

Run route Sheffield
BBC

The signposted routes will range from just over half a mile to about six miles long and will start opening next month.

Graves Park
BBC

See more on BBC Look North tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

Grrrrrrrreat triple birthday celebrations at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A trio of endangered tiger cubs have celebrated their first birthday - and a landmark day for their species - at Yorkshire Wildlife Park today. 

Hector, Harley and their sister Hope are part of the future of hope for the endangered Amur tigers whose numbers have dwindled to critical level due to poaching and disappearing habitat.

Hector, Harley and their sister Hope
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Warning to people in Barnsley over phone scam

Mick Lunney

Reporter

Barnsley Council is warning local residents over a phone scam that's been reported in the area:

View more on twitter

Spotted in Mexborough: Tour de Yorkshire bikes at the ready

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The Tour de Yorkshire is coming to South Yorkshire at the end of the April.

Stage 2 of the race, on Saturday 30 April, sees riders go the 84.5 miles from Otley to Doncaster.

And it seems like we're already getting ready for the big event:

View more on twitter

Sheffield's ambitions to be the 'Outdoor City' go one step further

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

Sheffield is going to have one of the country's biggest networks of running routes. 

More than £100,000 of new funding from England Athletics will go towards building more than 20 newly marked trails including in Graves Park (pictured). 

Graves Park
Google Maps

The signposted routes will range from just over half a mile to about six miles and will start opening next month. It's part of the council's ambition to brand Sheffield as The Outdoor City.  

Find out more on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

Warning from South Yorkshire Police over car tax

Sheffield United manager looks ahead to tomorrow's test at Southend

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Alex Baptiste has been ruled out for Sheffield United's game at Southend tomorrow. 

The on-loan Middlesbrough defender has not recovered from his injury in time.

Listen to my full interview with manager Nigel Adkins, here: 

Catapulted marbles blamed for spate of smashed windows in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

Reporter

Police in Barnsley think someone with a catapult and a bag of marbles is responsible for a number of smashed windows in the town last night.

Overnight, a number of reports were made of car windows being damaged as a result of marbles being thrown at them. Several house windows were also targeted.  

Three incidents have so far been reported in the Darfield area, two in Monk Bretton and two close to Barnsley town centre.

City spring clean: Sheffield gets tough on graffiti

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

A six-week spring clean-up of graffiti on business premises in Sheffield city centre has begun.

It's being run by Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID). 

Diane Jarvis (pictured), from BID, says the cleaning will help businesses in the city. 

Diane Jarvis and graffiti
BBC
Graffiti in Sheffield
BBC

Doncaster Rovers boss laments poor Easter results

BBC Sport

Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson admits his side are "in a really difficult situation" after losing to two relegation rivals over Easter.

Rovers are now four points adrift of League One safety after Monday's 1-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Blackpool.

Ferguson had called Friday's 4-1 loss at 23rd-placed Colchester "a complete embarrassment".

"It's been the worst possible Easter we could have had," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"It's 15 games without a win now and that's a horrendous record. There've been some really poor performances in that and, even today, when we have been in the ascendancy, we don't get the win."

Have you had your say? Deadline looms for Sheffield parents survey

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Nearly 1,700 parents and carers have now completed The Sheffield Parents’ Survey.  

Sheffield City Council's asking as many of them as possible to complete the survey by this Thursday's deadline.

Picture of parent, child and someone completing a survey
Sheffield City Council

The Sheffield Parents' Survey is an easy way for parents and carers to share their views and experiences on a range of topics. The results will feed into a number of our key work programmes, as well as influencing some of the services provided for children and families."

Jayne LudlamExecutive director, Children, Young People and Families

Decline of UK libraries: The demise of a profession?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Librarians are custodians to a world of information and ideas, performing an important democratic role, their supporters argue. 

But with 8,000 jobs in UK libraries disappearing in six years, is that status under threat?  

Inside a library in Yorkshire
BBC

Doctor Briony Birdi (pictured), a lecturer in librarianship at the University of Sheffield, says there's been a decline in people studying to become librarians.

"I think there was a fear when all this started that [students] would vote with their feet," she says.

"There has been a reduction in the number of students taking the public library modules, but we are starting to pick up numbers again. The students we have are incredibly committed and they are interested in the societal issues."  

Doctor Briony Birdi
Doctor Briony Birdi

Although student recruitment numbers have gone down slightly in recent years, Doctor Birdi argues they are still a "healthy size" and there is also a strong distance learning programme.

Holocaust survivor to speak at Wickersley school today

Men 'on the run' after escaping Doncaster prison

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

More on the news that these two prisoners have gone on the run from HMP Hatfield in South Yorkshire.

Jeremiah St Phorose and Darrel Bryce
South Yorkshire Police

Jeremiah St Phorose and Darrel Bryce are believed to have left the open prison, on Thorne Road, Hatfield, on Monday morning. 

Police are advising members of the public not to approach them.

St Phorose, 27, from Hull, was jailed for offences including burglary and wounding. He has connections in Humberside and West Yorkshire.

Bryce, 31, from Nottinghamshire, was jailed for robbery and possession of a firearm. He has connections in Nottingham and Worksop.

Weather: Bright spells with scattered showers possible

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Where are the showers going to be this afternoon? Here they are...

As we head into the afternoon, scattered showers are possible

Some are likely to be heavy with the risk of hail and also wintry over the hills in the west.

Weather graphic
BBC
Weather graphic
BBC

Latest headlines: Prisoners on run from HMP Hatfield and Sheffield secures cash for run route project

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

Sheffield secures over £100,000 for major run route project

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Sheffield's to get one of the largest installations of running routes in England thanks to a new city-wide partnership that's secured over £100,000 of funding from England Athletics.

Runner takes in the dizzy heights of Sheffield
Duncan Philpott

The first phase of the project will be completed next month, with 11 new run routes, ranging from 1km to 10km in length - a total of 27 kilometres in trails, marked across seven locations in "The Outdoor City".

The aim is to build over 20 new run routes in Sheffield by March 2017.

Yorkshire hit hardest as scale of library closures is revealed

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed.  

Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession:

Information graphic
BBC

In Yorkshire, more libraries have been closed than anywhere else in England. 

More than 48 have shut since 2010 and a third of staff have gone in that time, with many of them replaced by volunteers.

Do you know this man? He's wanted by police in Doncaster

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

CCTV image of man
South Yorkshire Police

Police want to speak to him in connection with a number of shoplifting offences in Doncaster.

Competition: Lead the herd with an elephant design for BBC Radio Sheffield

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Have you heard about our great elephant competition yet? 

We want you to be part of one of the biggest arts projects in Sheffield this year. The Children's Hospital is highlighting its work by creating a sculpture trail of about 40 elephants in Sheffield. 

And we want you to design the BBC Radio Sheffield elephant. 

Pete McKee's elephant
BBC

Feel inspired by artist Pete McKee's design above? Here's how you get involved:

Print off the application form and let your imagination run riot. See if your design can embody the spirit of Sheffield...

Gardener Capability Brown celebrated across Yorkshire on 300th anniversary of death

Lara Rostron

Presenter, BBC Look North

Imagine the English countryside...

What you're thinking will most likely owe a lot to Capability Brown - the grandfather of landscape architecture who designed about 250 sites. 

This year marks the 300th anniversary of his birth, and to mark it events will be taking place at more than 20 venues across Yorkshire.

View at Wentworth Castle
Wentworth Castle

As part of this festival, Wentworth Castle is holding a study day on 22 April 2016.

It'll feature talks from Capability Brown experts and a guided tour of the landscape. There's more information at Wentworth Castle's website.  

And we've got more on Capability Brown on BBC Look North today at 13:30.

Listen: Travellers' site plans near Rotherham attract 500 complaints

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

About 500 people have complained about a planning application for a travellers' site near Swallownest

The 12-caravan site would be situated near the proposed £37m Gulliver's Resort - although the application's unlikely to be approved.

This is what some local residents have told BBC Radio Sheffield:

Headlines: Tata looks at UK steel operations and two prisoners on the run from Doncaster prison

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Your comments: Barnsley stem cell donor meets woman whose life he saved

Alasdair Gill

Journalist, BBC Look North

A man from South Yorkshire who saved the life of a woman he had never met has finally been able to meet her. 

Chris Lunn's stem cells were used to treat Hanna Partos for leukaemia.

This is what you've had to say about their meeting on our Facebook page:

My daughter's umbilical cord blood was saved in Australia (where she was born) and --16 years later!-- it was a perfect match and was used to save the life a young child with Cancer. We were living in the UK at the time we were notified. We don't know the name of the person it went to, but I hope that person goes on to live a long, healthy life."

Karen Noble

I'm now "from Yorkshire" as my "blood brother" is from Skipton. Steve Duke saved my life almost 5 years ago. Last summer I got to meet him & his lovely family & to visit beautiful Yorkshire."

Carol Rife

I've just signed up to be a donor xx"

Catherine Hague

HMP Hatfield inmates on the run from Doncaster open prison

Jeremiah St Phorose and Darrel Bryce
South Yorkshire Police

These two prisoners are on the run from HMP Hatfield in South Yorkshire.

Jeremiah St Phorose and Darrel Bryce are believed to have left the open prison, on Thorne Road, Hatfield, together on Monday morning.

Both are serving indefinite life sentences, with police advising members of the public not to approach the men.

Listen: Doncaster loses 50% of librarians in national decline of library services

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

More libraries have been closed in Yorkshire than anywhere else in England, BBC research has found.

More than 48 have shut since 2010, with a third of staff going - many of them replaced by volunteers. 

In Doncaster, nearly 50% of librarians have lost their jobs since 2010. 

To help pick up the shortfall and keep some of the libraries open, there are now 451 volunteers giving up their time.

Here are some of the volunteers and service users at Bentley Area Community Library in Doncaster:

Man dies after car plunges into River Don at Sprotborough

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I've had an update on a crash in which a Sheffield man died when his car crashed into the River Don near Doncaster. 

Police say the 39-year-old's car left the A1(M) at Sprotborough near to where another, unrelated, collision took place yesterday morning involving three cars and a lorry.

Crash scene at Rover Don
Simon Lewins

The victim, who has not been named, was found in the vehicle when it was recovered from the water.

The car is believed to have gone into the river, near Doncaster, at about 06:30 on Sunday.

Crash scene near A1M at Sprotborough
Simon Lewins

Competition: Design an elephant for Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield

As part of one of the biggest art projects seen in Sheffield this year, BBC Radio Sheffield is giving you the opportunity to design an elephant for the radio station.

Your elephant could then be part of a a sculpture trail of painted elephants dotted around Sheffield city centre.

It can be any design you want, it's up to you, but we'd like it to embody the spirit of Sheffield.

Individually designed elephants
BBC

This herd of elephants is being organised by the Children's Hospital here in Sheffield, and it'll highlight the great work they do looking after our kids.

Herd of Elephants
Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity

So how do you get involved? Just print off this application form and get designing! 

Anyone can take part - but if you're under 18 your form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Libraries: Yorkshire hit hardest in national decline

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

When's the last time you used your local library? 

Research by BBC News has revealed almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in the last six years, around a quarter of the overall total. 

Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed. 

Bookshelf
Thinkstock

This research has also found more libraries have been closed across Yorkshire than anywhere else in England, with more than 48 shutting since 2010.

Headlines: Tata looks at future of steel in UK and Yorkshire loses more libraries than anywhere else

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • The fate of thousands of British jobs could be decided today, when the board of the Indian steel firm Tata meets in Mumbai later
  • A man's been found dead in his car after a crash on the Sheffield Parkway. The 22-year-old didn't arrive at work and police traced his car to the bottom of an embankment off the Parkway near Catcliffe
  • More libraries have been closed in Yorkshire than anywhere else in England, BBC research has found, with more than 48 shutting since 2010. A third of staff have gone in that time, with many of them replaced by volunteers

Tata to decide fate of South Yorkshire steelworks

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been talking about the future of Tata Steel on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Sheffield.

The company's board meets today in Mumbai to discuss the future of the struggling Port Talbot Steel works in South Wales. It's losing a million pounds a day. 

About 3,000 jobs are at stake and three options are on the table: close the plant completely, re-invest in it, or mothball it until world prices for steel improve. 

Tata steel at Aldwarke Lane in South Yorkshire
BBC

Members of the steelworkers' union Community have travelled to India to press for more investment at Port Talbot. 

At the same time concerns grow for the future of steel plants in Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Scunthorpe.

Weather: Bright and breezy with scattered showers

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start to the day with a touch of frost in places. 

As we head into the day, there'll be bright and breezy conditions with sunny spells and scattered showers.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Good morning. Jenny and the team from across South Yorkshire bringing you updates from across the region until 18:00 today. 

A chilly start with a touch of frost in places, with a full weather report coming shortly.

One of the big stories today: concerns are growing for the future of Tata Steel sites in Rotherham and Stocksbridge. 

UK union leaders have held talks in India ahead of a Tata Steel board meeting that could decide the fate of thousands of workers.  

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