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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

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

Thanks for your comments today. We've had a lot of reaction about the news that 20 lambs have been killed in two separate attacks in Hatfield, Doncaster over the past week.

I'll leave you with some of your thoughts from our Facebook page:

Lambs at a farm in Hatfield
BBC

Well I can't believe what people can get out of killing these lambs in such a sickening manner just for 'fun'?"

Steve Parkin

What I find shocking is that these people would want to act in such a brutal way by shooting at such a lovely animal. They need catching."

Joy Clarke

Nothing nicer than seeing Spring lambs running about in the grass and enjoying the fine days......whoever is doing this is sick

Julie Robson

This is disgusting. Farmers have a hard time making a living without this going on. What sort of person does this."

Jane Tipping

Weather: A cold night in South Yorkshire

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Isolated heavy showers dying out, becoming dry and clear later. A cold night tonight with frost and fog in rural places. 

Take care if you're on the roads early tomorrow. 

Weather graphic
BBC

Join me for a full weather report on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Twenty lambs shot and killed in attacks at Doncaster farms

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Now for more on this shocking story from Hatfield, Doncaster:

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Latest headlines: Downing Street rejects calls to recall parliament over future of UK steel and Blades boss looks ahead to tonight's game

Liz Roberts

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire today include:

Barnsley MP calls on government to act immediately to 'save steel'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The government is considering "all options" for Tata's Port Talbot steel plant, UK Business Minister Anna Soubry has told the BBC.

She says she wants the company to take enough time to find a buyer for the plant. Failing that, other options being considered include government support.

However, several MPs from the Labour party are now calling for immediate action from the government:

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South Yorkshire Police get support on planning protests and marches

Lara Rostron

Presenter, BBC Look North

A new independent panel's been created in South Yorkshire to work with police on planning protests and marches. 

Since 2012 there have been 20 protests in the region - and policing them cost the force £4m over the last three years.

Protest in Rotherham
BBC

Many of the demonstrations have focused on concerns around child sexual exploitation.

The new panel will have seven members who will advise the force when campaigners alert authorities of plans to protest. 

Policing protests in Rotherham
BBC

More on this tonight on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC1.

Pack your trunk and trundle off to join BBC Radio Sheffield's competition for Children's Hospital

BBC Radio Sheffield

Have you heard about our new elephant competition?

You can lead the herd and celebrate the spirit of Sheffield.

Elephants in the Winter Garden
Sheffield Children's Hospital / BBC

The Children's Hospital is highlighting its work by creating a sculpture trail of about 40 elephants in the city.

Be part of one of the biggest arts projects in Sheffield this year and design the elephant for BBC Radio Sheffield. 

Details here.

Listen: 'Government needs plan B on steel', says Labour

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Following Tata's announcement that it will sell its UK steel business, putting thousands of jobs at risk in South Yorkshire, Labour's Shadow Business Secretary has called on the government to present a "viable" plan to protect jobs in the British steel industry. 

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It's certainly possible for them to take them into some kind of public stewardship to preserve them while conditions change."

Angela Eagle

Your comments: Twenty lambs killed in Doncaster double farm shooting

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Twenty lambs have been killed at farms around Hatfield in two separate attacks.

You've been leaving your reaction to this story on our Facebook page...

Dead lambs at a farm in Hatfield
BBC

This is disgusting they are sick in head to do something like this. It makes my blood boil. Wish I could get my hands on them xx"

Sue Herring

This is a disgusting thing to happen, the police need to catch them and string them up, lock them up and throw away the key. Come on people name and shame these horrible scum."

Kath Burkhill

Sick sick sick."

Ron Sitting Buffalo Stancliffe

UK Steel: Labour calls for Parliament to be re-called over 'crisis'

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Labour's calling for Parliament to be re-called to debate the crisis in the steel industry

The Indian firm, Tata Steel, says it wants to move quickly to sell its operations in the UK

It employs more than 2,000 people at plants in Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Brinsworth.

Angela Smith is the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge and she says the government must do what it can:

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Barnsley company delivers 3D viewing in the palm of your hand

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

A digital company based in Barnsley is at the forefront of new technology which takes 3D viewing from the big screen to the palm of your hand. 

3DU has developed an app which turns any normal two-dimensional piece of video into 3D. 

It'll be launched at a major technology show in Birmingham tomorrow. 

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Tata and the UK steel industry: How many jobs are at risk?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Almost 20,000 people are employed in the steel sector, and more than one in six are now either losing their jobs or at risk of losing them.  

Britain's biggest steel producer, the Indian firm Tata, employs around 17,000 in the UK. Its confirmation of 1,050 job losses comes on top of the 1,200 jobs it axed last October and the 720 jobs it cut in July

Map showing Tata sites
BBC

As part of the announcement in January the company said it would cut 750 jobs in Port Talbot, Wales, where it employs 4,000 staff and a further 3,000 contractors and temporary workers.

The implications for Tata sites in South Yorkshire remain unclear, but the announcement of plans to sell loss-making Port Talbot puts a large question mark over the future of more than 2,000 jobs in our region. 

  • Stocksbridge                                       831
  • Rotherham                                         1,235
  • Brinsworth                                          106
Graphic showing people employed in UK steel industry
BBC

Your views: Tata Steel plans to sell loss-making UK plants

You've been sharing some of your thoughts about the news that Indian owners of the steel firm Tata plan to sell UK assets, including plants in Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

Here are some of your thoughts from our Facebook page.

UK steel works
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I fear that the government comment is their usual rhetoric. Sure they will help secure 'British Steel' future! By consigning it to the bin where they put all other British heavy industry!! This is what happens when you sell British businesses to foreign buyers, they asset strip then dispose!! Be warned."

Kevin Richard Garlick

Can see them saving the Wales steel industry, but not bothering about the steel plants in the North. Northern Powerhouse, never going to happen."

Joe Noble

While I do feel sorry for people potentially losing their jobs the government should not be funding an industry that's costing the UK money. Just let it fail like any other unsuccessful business."

Thomas Andrew Lilburn

Great Britain, the cornerstone of the Industrial Revolution. Modern Britain, no bloody industry left."

Beverley Amanda Charlton

Twenty lambs killed in 'sickening' farm shootings in Doncaster

Lara Rostron

Presenter, BBC Look North

More lambs have been killed in a second rural shooting spree in South Yorkshire

The attack on 12 lambs happened at a farm near Doncaster last night

They were killed in the same way as six lambs (pictured) in a similar incident at a neighbouring farm last week after which two other injured lambs were put down.   

Dead lambs
BBC

In the latest attack, six lambs were shot dead and six more so badly injured they had to be put down.

Two sheep were also hurt in the shooting. 

South Yorkshire Police said the incidents had caused "distress and outrage" and appealed for witnesses.

South Yorkshire's weather: Some showers, feeling chilly

BBC Weather

A few showers will spread from the west this afternoon, some of these with a wintry feel on high ground. 

There'll be light southwesterly winds, with highs of about 10C (50F). 

Weather forecast
BBC

Police appeal for information after lamb shootings in Doncaster

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

More on the terrible news of lamb shootings in Doncaster

Springtime is usually a time for spotting a lamb or two like the ones below. But a Doncaster community is reeling after six lambs were shot dead at a farm in Hatfield. Another six will have to be put down.

Another eight lambs died after being shot in a similar attack nearby last week and police are appealing for information.

Lambs in Yorkshire
PA

Both incidents have caused distress and outrage not only in our local communities, but across South Yorkshire. It is simply intolerable and I want to reassure the local community that we are determined to find those responsible.

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Tata: Yorkshire waits for news of future of UK steel operations

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Hundreds of workers in South and North Yorkshire are waiting to hear whether they'll still have jobs at Tata Steel as rescue plans are discussed. 

The Indian owners of the firm have said they plan to sell its UK assets, including plants in Rotherham, Stocksbridge and York

But the government is understood to be ready to step in to save the industry if necessary.

A total of 2,200 people are employed across the South Yorkshire sites.

Tata Steel operations in Rotherham
BBC

We'll be live in Rotherham for full reaction to this story on Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Latest headlines: Tata won't commit to 'open ended' plan to keep UK steel plants open and lambs targeted in second shooting in Doncaster

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The latest headlines in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far today include:  

Your comments: Yorkshire man in hijacker picture

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Coming up on BBC Look North at 13:30, more on the man from Yorkshire who posed for a selfie with a hijacker wearing a suspected suicide belt.

The image of Ben Innes standing next to his captor on the EgyptAir flight has gone viral on social media. He says he was trying to get a better look at the device

Mr Innes, who now lives in Aberdeen, told the Sun newspaper he wanted to "stay cheerful in the face of adversity".

Hijacker and Ben Innes
Twitter / BBC

You've been leaving your comments on our Facebook page:

Just shows how backward civilisation has become."

Jordan Grace

Words fail me."

Jeanette Netty Dawson

Maybe by distracting the hijacker for a photo, it gave chance for others to escape."

Helen Burnley Fc Solorz

Unicef: 'Sheffield is baby-friendly and best for breastfeeding'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield has been recognised by Unicef and the World Health Organisation for its work in promoting breastfeeding

Breastfeeding rates in Sheffield are one of the highest in the country with over 80% of new mothers breastfeeding their babies. 

Unicef is a charity that works for a better life for tomorrow's children. 

Officials from the charity are in Sheffield today to present an award to the city's Children's Centres for their best practice standards.

Mother and baby
Unicef

Tata: Sale of UK steel operations is 'time-bound'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The government has said it is considering "all options" to keep Tata's steel plant at Port Talbot in operation

Last night, the company announced it plans to sell the works, which is reported to be losing £1m a day, along with its other UK operations - including ones in Rotherham and Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire. 

Ministers want Tata to allow enough time for a buyer to be found

Tata Steelworks
Reuters

However, in a statement, the company has suggested it wants a resolution within a certain time.

Tata Steel sign
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The company has been in deep engagement with the UK government in recent months seeking its support to achieve the best possible outcome for the UK business. These discussions are ongoing and will continue... Given the severity of the funding requirement in the foreseeable future, the Tata Steel Europe Board will be advised to evaluate and implement the most feasible option in a time bound manner."

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BreakingDozen lambs killed in second shooting at Doncaster farm

Mick Lunney

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Now for some news that's shocked the local community.

Police are appealing for information after six lambs were shot and killed at Cherry Tree Lodge Farm in Crow Tree Bank, Doncaster

A further six are so badly injured they will have to be put down.

The news comes after a shooting last week at a different farm in Hatfield where eight lambs were killed.

Missing Rotherham teenager: Have you seen Jessica?

Jessica Shaw
South Yorkshire Police

Police in Rotherham are asking for your help to trace missing teenager Jessica Shaw.  Jessica, 17, left her home in Laughton Road, Thurcroft on Monday 28 March with a friend at about 20:00.

She was last seen in Sheffield city centre at about 18:45 last night and was last heard from in the early hours of this morning.

Sheffield to 'benefit most' from National Living Wage introduction

Later this week, the government's new National Living Wage is coming in. 

It means that workers over 25 will be legally entitled to £7.20. 

In Sheffield, more people are set to benefit from the rise than anywhere else in the country - 22% of people are set to get a pay rise, with that number rising to 28% by 2020. 

These figures are according to the think tank the Resolution Foundation.

Woman working in an airport
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How will changes in the National Living Wage affect you? 

Details here.

Money - coins and notes
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The sun's out and it's a nice day for the park, duck?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The sun's out and the park is the best place to be...

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Tata Steel: Government considering all options

BBC Breakfast

The GMB union has described the announcement by the Tata group that it's to sell its loss-making UK steel business as "devastating".   

Meanwhile, Business Minister Anna Soubry has told the BBC this morning that the government is considering "all options" to save British steel jobs. 

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Your views: Yorkshire man's 'snap' with hijacker goes viral

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

You've been reacting to news that a Yorkshire man posed for a picture with the hijacker on the EgyptAir flight yesterday.

The image of Ben Innes has gone viral on social media. 

Ben Innes
Twitter

I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him."

Ben Innes

You've been giving your reaction to this on our Facebook page:

Who can judge what we do in times of threat. If it was an attempt to see the device closer and try to keep the atmosphere light, I can understand that. I think the smile alone tells you he's hardly happy!"

Abigail Whitmarsh Shepherd

In a World where we wake up nearly every morning to sad news, it put a big smile on my face. What ever his intentions was it didn't harm anyone in the end."

David James Olbison

A big bloke like him should have took him down!"

Julie Sullivan

Latest headlines: Calls for Tata to give time to find buyer for UK steel plants and Sheffield one of best at breastfeeding

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The latest headlines in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • Members of Sheffield's running community are delighted by news the city's to get one of the largest installations of running routes in England
  • Sheffield's recognised by Unicef and the World Health Organisation for its work in promoting breastfeeding. Breastfeeding rates in Sheffield are one of the highest in the country

International Twitter celebration of museums features South Yorkshire gems

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Some of South Yorkshire's historical gems are being celebrated as part of #MuseumWeek.

Museum Week claims to be the first worldwide cultural event of its kind on Twitter.

It started on 28 March and runs until 3 April. You can find out more about it via #MuseumWeek

Thanks to Kelham Island Museum for sharing these iconic images... 

Kelham Island
Kelham Island Museum

And these carved stones, from the entrance to Queens Road Tramway Depot.

Picture of the entrance to Queens Road Tramway Depot
Kelham Island Museum

Be part of Sheffield's biggest art project for the Children's Hospital

BBC Radio Sheffield

Love Sheffield? Lead the herd with our new design competition...

The Children's Hospital is highlighting its work by creating a sculpture trail of about 40 elephants in the city.

Be part of one of the biggest arts projects in Sheffield this year and design the elephant for BBC Radio SheffieldDetails here...

Herd of Sheffield graphic
Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity

This is what you've had to say about the competition on our Facebook page:

Claire Storey what do you think about entering this through work?"

Natasha Wilson

Amelia Rose lets design our own nelly the elephant!!"

Nelly Naylor

Yorkshire man explains hijacker photo on EgyptAir flight

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The Yorkshire man who posed for a picture with a hijacker wearing a suspected suicide belt has said he was trying to get a better look at the device

The image of Ben Innes, grinning next to his captor on the Egyptair flight, has gone viral on social media.

Mr Innes, originally from Leeds and now based in Aberdeen, also told the Sun newspaper he wanted to "stay cheerful in the face of adversity".

Hijacker and Ben Innes
Twitter

People across South Yorkshire sign up to be Dementia Friends

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Hundreds of people across South Yorkshire are becoming Dementia Friends.

A Dementia Friend learns about what it's like to live with dementia, and can turn that understanding into action - and anyone of any age can become one.

The project is run by the Alzheimer's Society.   

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Tata: Rotherham MP says government has failed to act

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

India's Tata Steel has said it plans to sell its loss-making UK business, putting the jobs of thousands of workers at risk.  

There's concern for jobs at Tata plants in Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Port Talbot in Wales. 

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, has given her reaction to the news on Twitter.   

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Sheffield's £100,000 investment in new routes welcomed by runners

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's been reaction from running groups on social media to news that Sheffield's to benefit from one of the largest installations of running routes in England

It's thanks to a new city-wide partnership which has secured over £100,000 of funding from England Athletics

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Museum Week celebrations come to Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Museums Week claims to be the first worldwide cultural event of its kind on Twitter.

It started on 28 March and runs until 3 April. You can find out more about it via #MuseumWeek

@BarnsleyMuseums is getting involved by celebrating some of the historic buildings in the town: 

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Weather: A day of mixed fortunes

BBC Weather

Sunglasses and brollies at the ready...     

After a chilly start, today's due to bring sunny spells and scattered showers.

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BBC

Tata must give 'clear statement' on future plans - Wentworth and Dearne MP

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Tata Steel plans to sell its UK assets, putting hundreds of jobs at risk in South Yorkshire.

Union leaders travelled to Mumbai to try and persuade Tata to keep making steel at plants including Port Talbot (pictured). 

Port Talbot
Getty Images

The international firm has sites in Rotherham and Stocksbridge which employ hundreds of staff.  

Tata bosses met in India yesterday to discuss the future of their UK operations.   

John Healey, the Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, told us this on BBC Radio Sheffield this morning:

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Prisoners still on the run from Doncaster's Hatfield Prison

Clare Frisby

Presenter, BBC Look North

Two prisoners are still on the run after absconding from Hatfield Prison in Doncaster.

Darrel Bryce and Jeremiah St Phorose
South Yorkshire Police / BBC

Darrel Bryce, from Nottinghamshire, and Jeremiah St Phorose, from Hull, are thought to have escaped from the open prison together on Monday morning

They are both serving indefinite life sentences and people are advised not to approach them but to contact police immediately if they see them.

Sheffield runners delighted at new route investment

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

We heard news yesterday that Sheffield's to have one of the country's biggest running route networks.

More than £100,000 from England Athletics will go towards building as many as 20 newly marked trails - including this one in Graves Park.

Graves Park route markings
BBC

Here, regular joggers are delighted this morning about the new investment.

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

Sheffield runners
BBC

South Yorkshire's weather: A chilly and bright start

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly, dry and bright start for many, with decent spells of sunshine developing through the morning. A few showers will spread from the west throughout the day.

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