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  1. Tommy Ward death: Police confirm attack on pensioner now a murder inquiry
  2. Compensation win for over 400 former Hatfield Colliery workers
  3. Sheffield bin strike: Company says 'significant progress' made in talks
  4. Wembley fever builds in Barnsley as football club prepares for cup final
  5. Well-known Sheffield wrestler Kris Travis dies age 32 of stomach cancer
  6. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Good evening: Our live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

That's the end of our live coverage today, thanks for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

For coverage of today's Sheffield bin strike, scroll down the page. 

But I leave you with another of today's big stories - for one weekend, we're all Barnsley, aren't we? #RedsAtWembley 

Barnsley Wembley Flag

Thanks for your messages of support on our Facebook page.

There'll be full coverage of the game on Sunday from 13:00 on BBC Radio Sheffield and the excitement builds tonight at 18:30 on BBC Look North

Good luck Barnsley. Sure Yorkshire is behind you...

Derek Imrie

Yo Barnsley. Haven't been there for nearly 50 years but good luck to you.

G Anne Smith

Go for it Barnsley ......good luck

Robert Walters

Uuuu reds!

Joel Byfield


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Sheffield bin strike: Veolia hopes for a resolution 'next week'

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Many households in Sheffield have missed out on bin collections today as refuse workers staged a 24-hour strike. 

Unions say they've taken the action in protest at the aggressive use of disciplinary procedures by Veolia - the company that runs waste management for Sheffield City Council. 

The company says it hopes the dispute can be resolved next week.

Picket line

More with me on BBC Look North at 18:30

Sheffield's peregrine falcons expecting chicks

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Anyone who follows the twists and turns of Sheffield's peregrine falcons on Twitter will already know, they're expecting babies...

Thankfully, as you can see, they're keeping close tabs on the eggs' whereabouts...

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Fraud-hit South Yorkshire council officially abolished

A South Yorkshire council which was left more than £1m in debt after a fraud by its town clerk has been abolished.

Brierley Town Council needed a £1.3m loan to cope with its financial problems after Janet Cooper was jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to theft and fraud in 2013.

Shredded documents

Residents voted to abolish the authority in a ballot in 2015.

Its assets and liabilities have been taken over by Barnsley Council.

Listen: Sheffield wrestler raises thousands for local cancer charity before death

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A popular Sheffield wrestler has died of cancer at the age of 32. 

Kris Travis was well-known on the UK wrestling scene - but had to quit after being diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.

Kris Travis
Gordon Harris / PCW

He raised thousands of pounds for Cavendish Cancer Care, which supported him through his illness. 

Victoria Wood is from the Sheffield charity...

Compensation win for former Hatfield Colliery workers

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Around 400 former workers at Hatfield Colliery are to get compensation over the way they lost their jobs. 

An employment tribunal's found the administrators didn't consult staff properly when the pit was closed. Hatfield shut in June with the loss of 430 jobs. 

Hatfield Colliery

Hatfield was one of the UK's last remaining deep seam mines and its closure marked the end of deep coal mining in South Yorkshire.  

More on BBC Look North tonight from 18:30.

Wembley to be painted red... with a flat cap

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

In just two days' time Barnsley Football Club will take on Oxford United at Wembley in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. 

Thousands of fans are getting ready for the journey down to London. 

Listen to BBC Radio Sheffield on Sunday for full coverage as they try to bring the silverware back up to South Yorkshire.

Martin Colman is looking forward to bringing a bit of Barnsley to the South...

BreakingSheffield bin strike: Veolia claims 'significant' progress in resolving dispute

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield

The company which runs rubbish collections in Sheffield says it's made significant progress towards resolving a dispute with workers which has led to a 24-hour strike

Thousands of bins in the city haven't been emptied today because of the walkout by members of GMB union over claims of bullying by management. 

Veolia says it hopes to reach an agreement with the union next week and extra crews will be working over the weekend to empty bins that haven't been done today.

Weather: Cloudier than yesterday but remaining dry for most

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A cloudier day than yesterday with a freshening breeze. It should stay dry until later this afternoon when rain will begin to edge into western parts.

Weather graphic

Your views: Sheffield bin strike

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield bin collectors are on strike for the first time in 17 years. 

The dispute, between union members and management at Veolia, has been blamed on the "aggressive" use of disciplinary procedures.

Today members of the union have been in talks with ACAS and their employers to see if they can reach an agreement

Picket line in Sheffield

Here are some of the comments people have shared on our Facebook page:

First strike in 17 years the headline says. One day only. Hardly skiving. My partner worked at the same job for 27 years, never a blemish on his record let alone anything that would lead to a warning, disciplinary or sacking for gross misconduct. That is what happened though. Sacked and walked off the premises. It is cheaper than redundancy maybe? It has broken us, so thank you for all the support. Beware it could happen to you.

Caroline Gill

17 years ago bin men used to come on to your back garden then carry the tin or steel bin to the bin lorry not like these lazy sods of today. They don't need an excuse to strike.

Daniel Driver

Latest headlines: Maltby murder investigation appeal and Sheffield wrestler dies of cancer at 32

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield

  • The officer leading the investigation into the murder of a Maltby pensioner is urging those responsible to come forward
  • The government has rejected criticism that it has blocked EU measures which could have helped protect the British steel industry from cheap Chinese imports
  • Tributes are being paid to a popular Sheffield wrestler who's died at the age of 32. Kris Travis had terminal stomach cancer

Spotted in Sheffield: South Yorkshire does UB40 (a bit)

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

House prices in North 'half those in South' latest figures show

House prices in northern England are now less than half those in the south of the country, a new record gap - according to the Nationwide.

The average home in the South costs £313,670, whereas a typical home in the North, which for the purposes of the study includes the Midlands as well as Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and the North East, now costs £150,917.   

House price table

In the first quarter of 2016, prices in the South rose by 9.9% year-on-year, compared to just 1.8% in the North.    

Barnsley go to Wembley: Flat caps at the ready

Paul Walker


A Barnsley fan's hoping Wembley will be awash with flat caps on Sunday after a bit of banter with Oxford United turned into an online campaign.

Martin Colman is the man calling on all fans to live up to the northern stereotype for the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

He's got a strong image of what he wants to see when he goes to Wembley in around 48 hours time...

Some fans are keen to follow Martin's trend... 

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Others won't be wearing their flat caps...

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But most Barnsley fans are just plain excited...

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Sheffield wrestler dies aged 32 after losing battle with stomach cancer

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

A popular Sheffield wrestler has died of cancer at the age of 32. 

Kris Travis was well-known on the UK wrestling scene.

Kris Travis

Despite having surgery to remove a stomach tumour Kris made a comeback to the ring last year. 

But one month after his return match he was forced to retire for good as he was given a terminal diagnosis. 

Kris was supported by Cavendish Cancer Care and he raised thousands of pounds for the Sheffield charity.

Tommy Ward murder: Police appeal for information

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

Six months after the savage attack on a pensioner in Maltby, police have made a fresh appeal for information.  

Tommy Ward was severely beaten by robbers at his home and died from his injuries. His death is now being treated as murder

About £30,000 was thought to have been taken from the ex-miner's home in the attack last October.

Tommy Ward
South Yorkshire Police

Exactly six months ago, Tommy Ward was attacked in his own home, robbed and left seriously injured by his cowardly attackers. We do still need your help to understand what happened that night Tommy was attacked and I would ask anyone with information to get in touch with us."

Richard PartridgeDetective Inspector

April 1st: South Yorkshire silliness

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

It's April 1st and there were a few attempts to catch us out earlier...

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It's all reminded me of this classic April Fools from the BBC in 1957, enjoy!  

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Sheffield to lose Great Yorkshire Run

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield won't be the home of this year's Great Yorkshire Run, having hosted the event for the last nine years. 

The run's going to Harrogate for its 10th anniversary. 

A sponsorship deal has been done with a North Yorkshire brewery for the next three years. 

Sheffield Great Yorkshire Run route

Faster trains promised between South Yorkshire and Manchester

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

A big shake-up of rail services in Yorkshire gets underway today with the start of two new franchises. 

Two companies - Trans-Pennine and Northern - are relaunching with the promise of new, faster trains and more services.

Trans Pennine train

Watch Look North on BBC1 at 13:30 and hear more about our new Yorkshire services...

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And they're off: The Reds head South

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm in Barnsley and we're waving off the team for their match at Wembley... 

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Headlines: Maltby murder investigation launched and Sheffield to lose the Great Yorkshire run to Harrogate

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield

  • A murder investigation's been launched as detectives continue their hunt for 80-year-old Tommy Ward's attackers. A large amount of money was stolen from his home in Salisbury Road.
  • Sheffield won't be the home of this year's Great Yorkshire Run, having hosted the event for the last nine years. The run is being moved to Harrogate for its 10th anniversary.
  • And lots of people are getting a bit giddy in Barnsley, with 25,000 football fans off to Wembley this weekend.

Sheffield strike: Put bins out as usual, residents told

Mick Lunney

News, Sheffield

Refuse collectors have walked out in Sheffield in a 24-hour strike blamed on "aggressive" management practices.

Strike action started at 06:00, with the GMB union stating the majority of its members voted in favour of industrial action.

Employer Veolia says it's disappointed with the move.

Picket line in Sheffield
GMB picket line in Sheffield

People who usually have their bins collected today are being told to put them out anyway. 

They'll make extra collections over the weekend. 

Come on you reds! Barnsley gets ready for Wembley

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm in Barnsley where Wembley fever is reaching new heights.

The Tykes are taking on Oxford United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Sunday. 

Barnsley have lost once in their last nine league games; if they can carry that form into the final, they could get their hands on the trophy for the first time in their history.

So, as you can understand there's huge excitement among young football fans in the town...  

Young football fans cheer on Barnsley
Barnsley poster
Decoration outside Barnsley Football Club

Could you be a digital journalist apprentice for BBC Sheffield?

BBC Radio Sheffield

The news changes every day and now the way we get our news is changing too. 

From widescreen TV to hand-held devices, today's news is mobile, on demand and faster than ever. 

  • Can you take a story and make it go viral? 
  • Can you make the best of social media to reach new audiences? 
  • Can you listen to people and explain complex stories in a simple way? 

If you've got what it takes to tell a story, put it out there and reach people who don't normally consume the news, then we want to hear from you.

Detectives launch murder investigation in hunt for Tommy Ward's attackers

Mick Lunney

News, Sheffield

Police investigating the death of a pensioner five months after he was severely beaten in his home by robbers say they are now treating it as a murder investigation.

Ex-miner Tommy Ward, 80, was found badly injured at his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby, Rotherham, on 1 October and about £30,000 was thought to have been taken.

Tommy Ward
South Yorkshire Police

It's exactly six months since Mr Ward was attacked in his home and police are renewing appeals for help in the case and say the attack was "heartless and vicious". 

Arrests have been made in the case but police say they want to hear from anyone who has even the slightest piece of information.

Watch: The future of steel 'vital' to South Yorkshire communities

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The All-Party Parliamentary Group of MPs on the steel industry's called for an urgent meeting with the prime minister over Tata Steel. 

Stocksbridge and Penistone MP Angela Smith says the future of steel is vital to the area...

Sheffield bin strike: Your views

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield bin collectors are staging their first strike in 17 years over what they call "aggressive" management practices at Veolia.

Picket line at Lumley Street Service Centre

You've been having your say on Twitter:  

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And on Facebook:

Aggressive use of disciplinary rules? If nothing was done wrong in the first place there would be no reason to invoke disciplinary action. Aggressively or not.

Simon Walsh

Bet they work Saturday.

Gill Podoski

Happy April Fools from Barnsley Council... we assume!

Watch: A promise of faster trains over the Pennines to Manchester

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

A big shake-up of rail services in Yorkshire gets under way today with the start of two new franchises. 

Two companies - Northern and Trans-Pennine - are relaunching with the promise of new, faster trains and more services.

Latest headlines: MPs call for urgent meeting with PM over steel future and Wembley fever in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

News, Sheffield

  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group of MPs on the steel Industry has called for an urgent meeting with the prime minister over Tata Steel
  • Bin workers in Sheffield are on strike today
  • Barnsley are gearing up for a cup final appearance at Wembley this weekend

Sheffield bin strike: Agency and non-union members begin collections

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield bin collectors are out on strike. Veolia says the action is disappointing and will be working to minimise disruption to bin collections...

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Weather: A frosty start but a dry morning

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cold, and in places a frosty start with some patches of mist and fog but a dry and bright morning with sunny spells. 

However, sunshine tending to become hazy as cloud increases with overcast skies later

Watch: 24-hour bin strike in Sheffield due to 'aggressive' nature of management at Veolia

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Hundreds of bin workers have started a 24-hour strike in Sheffield. 

I'm reporting live from the Lumley Street Service Centre where more than 200 collectors have been on this picket line from early this morning. 

They're members of the GMB Union who work for the company Veolia. They blame "aggressive" management practices for the strike.

The company says the action is disappointing and will be working to minimise disruption to bin collections.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A cold, and in places frosty, start in South Yorkshire. But a dry morning ahead. Full weather report coming shortly.

We'll bring you updates from across the region until 18:00 today. 

And we're live outside the Lumley Street service centre, where bin workers in Sheffield are staging their first strike in 17 years over what they say is an "over aggressive" use of disciplinary procedures by the company Veolia.

Picket line at Lumley Street service centre