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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Jenny Cork

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Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

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

The weather for this evening isn't looking bad: isolated heavy showers dying out, becoming dry and clear. 

Minimum temperature 0C (32F) with a touch of frost.

Weather graphic

Tomorrow's not looking bad, with a chance of more blue skies like today. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Wendy Scott for this wonderful picture of blue skies over Sheffield Town Hall today.  

Blue skies over the Town Hall
Wendy Scott

Snooker heaven returns to BBC Radio Sheffield

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

I'm back with Snooker Heaven on BBC Radio Sheffield in April and you can be in the audience with me at Sheffield Hallam University. You can apply for free tickets here.

Rob Staton

Steel MPs call for urgent meeting with David Cameron

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal-related Industries is calling for an urgent meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the future of UK steelmaking and, in particular, the situation at Tata sites across the country.

Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East

Clive Betts (pictured), the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, and a member of the All-Party Group, says: "The last year has been exceptionally difficult for the steel industry. This has not been assisted by the government’s complete failure to develop a manufacturing strategy, nor a specific strategy for the steel and metals’ industries. 

"David Cameron tells us that he is 'now on the job'. But this is not a new issue. He has been warned many times over the last 12 months that urgent action is required to prevent a major collapse of the steel industry in the UK."

Farmers concerned rural crime is increasing after lamb shootings in Doncaster

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

Farmers in South Yorkshire say two shooting sprees - which killed 20 lambs on farms near Doncaster - are an example of how rural crime is on the increase in the county. 

Police say they're doing their best to combat what's happening, but with limited resources they need more help from the farmers themselves.

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

Sheffield bin strike: Extra collections over the weekend

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Veolia have told BBC Radio Sheffield that due to the industrial action by members of the GMB union, waste and recycling collections will be disrupted tomorrow.

They have apologised for the inconvenience and ask residents to leave out their black bins or blue bins and boxes if they haven't been collected on Friday, for collections to be made as soon as possible. 

Extra crews will be working on Saturday and Sunday to make collections.

Hopes of re-nationalisation of UK Steel dashed

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

The hopes of steelworkers in Yorkshire have been dealt a blow today after the government ruled out nationalising the industry

The owners of Tata Steel, which employs about 2,500 people in the region, are selling off its UK operation. 

Following today's emergency meeting, the government rejected suggestions it should step in and part-nationalise the industry, like it did the banks.

Tata Steel plant

I'll bring you more on this in Look North on BBC1 at 18:30.

Listen: Doncaster Rovers manager looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Rochdale

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has told me midfielder Paul Keegan could miss the final seven matches of the season with a hamstring injury. 

Here, he looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Rochdale:

Tata Steel workers in 'complete shock' about 'bleak' future

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Tata Steel Plant

Tata workers are in "complete shock" about the company's plan to sell the UK steel business.

Much of Tata's 15,000-strong workforce across the country faces an uncertain future as a result of the decision.

Worker, Scott Gardener

We're all in complete shock, we've all got families. We want to come here to work, we want to produce steel, we want to make money."

Scott GardenerTata employee
Chris Read, leader Rotherham Council

Rotherham council leader Chris Read says help is now needed either from a private firm or the government.  

He says about 400 companies in the wider Sheffield city region are in the Tata supply chain.  

Tata steel plant

You are looking at thousands of jobs potentially being affected. It has a huge impact on the staff who work at Tata and their families, but it is also one of those key iconic Rotherham industries."

Chris ReadLeader, Rotherham Council

Sheffield fostering appeal for older children

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sheffield City Council's asking for foster parents to come forward for brothers and sisters and older children.

You can get in touch and find out more on 0114 270 5075.

Cartoon of children
Sheffield Fostering/Sheffield City Council

South Yorkshire Tata plants 'vital' to local communities

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Rotherham convenience store owner Vinny Singh says his business would lose about £2,000 a week if the Tata plant next door shuts.  

Rotherham convenience store

We open especially for them at five in the morning because of the night shift and the day shift turnover. We wouldn't open at that time otherwise. They're in and out of the shop for fags and newspapers constantly. It will have an impact on us, that's for sure."

Vinny SinghRotherham shop owner

'Aggressive' management blamed for Sheffield bin strike

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Union bosses have blamed "aggressive" management practices for a planned bin strike in Sheffield.

Refuse collectors across the city are set to stage a 24-hour walkout from 06:00 on Friday.

Peter Davies from The GMB union, which represents 95% of about 180 workers said the dispute centred around what he called the "aggressive" use of disciplinary procedures and said there had been 96 gross misconduct cases in the last 12 months.  

Sheffield street scene

New carriages for trains between Manchester and Sheffield

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A contract's been signed to provide 95 new intercity rail carriages for the north of England. 

They've been ordered by FirstGroup as part of the new TransPennine Express franchise, which begins tomorrow. 

Most will be assembled by Hitachi - at their site in County Durham. 

The hybrid trains, operating on both electric and diesel power, are set to be introduced by the end of 2019.

Transpennine Express at Meadowhall

Ronnie Corbett 'a very easy man to love' - Michael Parkinson

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Ronnie Corbett's close friend, Barnsley's Sir Michael Parkinson, has paid tribute to the comedian who's died at the age of 85.

Michael Parkinson
Ronnie Corbett

He was a very easy man to love. He was a perfect companion. He was bright. He could tell good stories. He was funny. He was very rarely depressed. Anne, his wife, she'll be distraught. I mean, it was a great marriage. They've been together for many, many years, and it was a very loving partnership. We were just mates and I shall miss him terribly."

Sir Michael Parkinson

Listen: Sheffield Wednesday manager speaks ahead team's test on Saturday

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

I've been speaking to Carlos Carvalhal ahead of Saturday's test against Huddersfield.

He tells me he's expecting quality on the pitch:

Sheffield funnyman talks about comedy at the top of the world on BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Just a heads-up for fans of Sheffield comedian Tom Wrigglesworth - he's appearing on our programme tonight on BBC1 from 18:30. 

He's best known for his Radio 4 series Hang-Ups, but he'll be talking to us about an upcoming trip to Everest and why he's taking his humour to the top of the world.  

Tom Wrigglesworth

Your tributes: Death of Ronnie Corbett

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Nick Higham looks back at the life of Ronnie Corbett who's died at the age of 85:   

You've been paying tribute to Ronnie on our Facebook page...

RIP. The two Ronnies reunited

Brian Fern

And it's a goodnight from him. RIP"

Neil Tilbrook

One of the best"

Angela Powell

RIP funny man

Craig Hancock

Listen: Cuts in funds to volunteer-run library threatens closure

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A volunteer-run library in Sheffield says closure is on the cards if the council cuts a grant for the building's basic running costs. 

Totley library will also have to pay for other services it now gets for free.

One of the library's trustees is Matt Kik:

Death of Ronnie Corbett: Sheffield's Michael Palin pays tribute

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Entertainer Ronnie Corbett, best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, has died aged 85.

His publicist said: "Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family."

Speaking to the BBC, Michael Palin paid tribute to his friend, saying: "His sense of comedy timing was absolutely perfect."

Michael Palin was a writer on The Two Ronnies, alongside Terry Jones. 

"He loved whatever he did. He was a marvellous, sharp, concise performer. His sense of comedy timing was absolutely perfect, which is why he worked so well with John [Cleese] and with Ronnie Barker. He was absolutely delightful to play with and against and he was also a good friend.

Michael Palin

Love your trees? Get a grant to look after them

Paulette Edwards

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

We all know how we love our trees around here, but now the Woodland Trust is looking to hand out money to groups in Sheffield who want to manage their own woods. 

£125,000 is on offer in a new pilot scheme aimed at getting more communities to manage local woodland. Each grant will be up to £10,000.

Beauchief Drive at Gulleys Wood, Sheffield
Ian S / Geograph

South Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and some showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to enjoy plenty of sunny spells this afternoon, but we're likely to see a few showers.

Some of these heavy, but clearing quickly. Light northerly winds, and highs today of 10C (50F).

Weather forecast

The road to Wembley: A look ahead to Barnsley's match on Sunday

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Barnsley are at Wembley on Sunday in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

I've been speaking to the Reds' caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom ahead of the game. 

He says Sunday will be great for the fans - and great for the team:

Lamb shootings part of 'rise of rural crime' in South Yorkshire

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

Farmers say the shooting dead of 20 lambs at two farms near Doncaster in the past week is only just one sign of seriously increasing rural crime in that part of South Yorkshire. 

Police say they're doing their best to combat what's happening, but with limited resources they need more help from the farmers themselves.

Dead lambs at a farm in Hatfield Doncaster

More on BBC Look North today at 13:30 on BBC1.

Tata Steel jobs: David Cameron says there are 'no guarantees' on steel crisis

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

David Cameron says the government is "doing everything it can" to save thousands of steel jobs - but warns there are "no guarantees of success".

Speaking after chairing crisis talks on Tata Steel's decision to sell its UK business, the PM said nationalisation was not the answer, but the government was "not ruling anything out".

Sheffield Theatres announces new artistic director

Paulette Edwards

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

Robert Hastie has been announced as the new boss at Sheffield Theatres

He'll take up the position in July and is replacing Daniel Evans who steps down at the end of June to join Chichester Festival Theatre.

Robert Hastie
Sheffield Theatres / Richard Davenport

I am overjoyed... The Crucible, the Lyceum and the Studio together constitute one of the finest theatre complexes in Britain. Their reputation has been strengthened under the inspired leadership of Daniel Evans and Dan Bates, as a destination for audiences from both near and far who come in search of brilliant theatre and have their hopes more than fulfilled. As a Yorkshireman, I am hugely looking forward to contributing to the cultural life of this great city."

Robert HastieNew artistic director, Sheffield Theatres

Latest headlines: Bosses call bin strike 'disappointing' and concern about Norovirus at Sheffield Hospitals

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

  • The company running waste collection services in Sheffield for the council says it's disappointed by news of a 24-hour strike tomorrow
  • Cases of the Norovirus bug have prompted an appeal for visitors to stay away from hospitals in Sheffield if they have flu or sickness
  • A teenager from Rotherham who'd gone missing has been found. 17-year-old Jessica Shaw was found in Sheffield last night and police are thanking people for their help over the appeal to trace her

Northern steel: A surprising response by a government minister?

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

In my request to interview James Wharton MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, I received this surprising response:

View more on twitter

Understandably, you've had a lot to say about this on social media.

So the new world order hasn't arrived yet then..."

@AndrewRWhiteAndrew White ‏

When will British personal and business consumers start buying on quality over price? Bet French and German do."

@KetteringhamKKaren Ketteringham

Ye Gods."

@follyatsettleMark Rand

Sadly, I've since been told that James Wharton MP is not available for comment, so won't be appearing on today's BBC Look North.

Nick Clegg and leader of Lib Dems at Sheffield's Outokumpu steel mill

Wanted in Doncaster: Do you know this man?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

CCTV footage of man
South Yorkshire Police

Police want to speak to him in connection with shoplifting offences in the Bessacarr and Cantley areas.

Blast from the past from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

To take you on a trip down memory lane, South Yorkshire's fire service has posted this picture on Twitter.

It's two fire engines responding to a false alarm on Union Street in Sheffield in the 1980s.  

Apart from the fire engines, the street doesn't look much different today!

Two red fire engines on Union Street
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Go on Nellie! Design an elephant for the Children's Hospital

Paulette Edwards

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

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, and you can do that by designing a BBC Radio Sheffield elephant.

Herd of Elephants logo
Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity

The Children's Hospital is highlighting its work by creating a sculpture trail of around 40 elephants in Sheffield. 

We've got one of these elephants and we want you to decide how it's going to look. 

Let your imagination run wild. Can you get your design to embody the spirit of Sheffield?

Join the competition here.

Not well? Don't visit people in hospital

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is asking visitors who have sickness or flu not to visit hospital patients while they are ill.

If you're seeing friends and relatives in Sheffield Hospitals and you feel unwell or have had any symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting or "flu-like" symptoms in the previous 72 hours, you're being asked not to go. 

The request comes as the number of cases of Norovirus and flu occurring in the community and in the hospitals increased this week.  

Your comments: Tata and the future of UK steel production

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

People working for Tata Steel in Yorkshire are anxiously waiting to hear what's happening to their jobs. 

The company said yesterday it's stopping production in Britain. 

You've been having your say about the future of UK steel production on our Facebook page.

UK steel workers

Chinese steel over producing and dumping cheap steel on the market have created this problem. The EU should be big enough to do something about this but they are useless. We pay billions in foreign aid to India, they have had independence since 1948. So stop the aid and use the money to safeguard our British jobs."

Paul Sargeant

We have everything going up at the minute. Wind turbines for example. Why doesn't the government say, if you build these machines it has to be british made and manufactured, it's a pretty simple."

Jon Wagstaff

Heaven help the steel industry if Cameron is chairing the meeting!"

Anita Carol Morris

If government does bail them out where does money come from? It's too easy say bail them out but what with?"

Richard Weaver

Live broadcast: Barnsley Council meeting available online

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

You can watch Barnsley's full council meeting from 10:30 by following the link.

Topics up for discussion include Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and Health and Wellbeing.

View more on twitter

Out with the old, in with Sheffield's new retail quarter

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A big hotel that's stood empty for some time in Sheffield city centre is to be demolished. It's the Grosvenor in Charter Square. 

The council says it'll come down within months to make way for a new development called the retail quarter. 

Charter Square, Sheffield
Google Street View

It'll be made up of shops, leisure and residential units. The council says it's close to finalising discussions with a major blue chip company to occupy the first phase of the development.

Listen: Rotherham Council leader says Tata financial losses will become profits in future

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

As David Cameron calls a steel crisis meeting in Downing Street this morning, the impact of any plant closures in South Yorkshire would be far-reaching, says Rotherham Council's leader. 

Speaking to me on BBC Radio Sheffield, Chris Read says Tata Steel's financial losses are not a permanent problem, and doing the wrong thing now would have severe, long-term effects:

Latest headlines: Crisis talks for UK steel and bin strike announced in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • As David Cameron calls a steel crisis meeting in Downing Street this morning, the impact of any plant closures in South Yorkshire would be far-reaching, says Rotherham Council's leader
  • Bin workers in Sheffield are going on 24-hour strike tomorrow. The GMB union says it's over claims of bullying
  • A big hotel that's stood empty for some time in Sheffield city centre is to be demolished. It's the Grosvenor in Charter Square. The council says it'll come down within months to make way for a new development called the retail quarter

Spotted: Blue skies over Sheffield

BBC Weather Watchers

Are you a BBC Weather Watcher? 

Join the nation's favourite conversation here.

Wendy Scott is and she's sent us this lovely picture of Sheffield city centre today - just outside the City Hall.

Gorgeous! If only it were as warm as it looks...

Sheffield City Hall
Wendy Scott

Barnsley Labour MP warns collapse of steel industry could see UK 'held to ransom'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Dan Jarvis has written a piece for The Mirror warning the UK should not become over-reliant on foreign imports.

He says such a move would risk the possibility of being "held to ransom" by other regimes if steel prices change in the future.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he's to host crisis talks on the UK steel industry.   

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Our government should have an official view about Britain’s future industrial capacity. Instead they are offering the same short-sighted excuses that were used to withdraw support from Sheffield Forgemasters five years ago."

Dan Jarvis, Barnsley Labour MPThe Mirror

Police hunt after elderly woman robbed in Doncaster

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are looking for a man who robbed an elderly woman in Balby, Doncaster.

At about 16:30 on Tuesday, the 80-year-old woman was walking along Carr View Avenue when an unknown man's believed to have pushed her from behind. She fell and the man's understood to have grabbed her bag and ran towards Balby Road.

The woman suffered serious injuries and required hospital treatment. Police want anyone who saw anything to get in touch.

Watch: Crisis talks over UK Steel industry

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The Prime Minister David Cameron is to host crisis talks on the UK steel industry

Labour has urged ministers to "get their act" together and step in now.

While stopping short of calling for Tata Steel's UK business - which directly employs 15,000 workers and supports thousands of others - to be taken into permanent public ownership, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the government must intervene to safeguard its future:

A Labour petition calling for Parliament to be recalled to discuss the situation has obtained more than 85,000 signatures but the government has ruled out the move.  

The BBC's deputy political editor, James Landale, said the government had been "caught on the hop" by Tata Steel's decision to sell the Port Talbot plant in Wales and the rest of its loss-making UK steel business, including plants in Rotherham, Corby and Shotton.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid, who cut short an official visit to Australia to return to the UK, said nationalisation was "not a long-term solution":