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Summary

  1. Steel industry crisis: Business minister visits Tata site in Rotherham
  2. Barnsley celebrate thrilling Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory
  3. Man and woman arrested after car crashes during police pursuit
  4. £205m 'smart motorway' project completed on M1
  5. Barnsley actor Katherine Kelly to star in new Doctor Who spin-off show
  6. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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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're back from 08:00 on Tuesday for news, sport, travel and weather updates across South Yorkshire. 

Today belongs to Barnsley FC. Congratulations to the Reds on their Wembley win

And if you haven't seen that video yet... where have you been?

"You only sing when you're rowing".

Barnsley fans rowing taunt
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Steel industry crisis: MPs' reaction to business minister's Rotherham visit

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A series of talks are being held this afternoon in an effort to save the British steel industry. 

It follows the decision last week by Tata Steel to sell its loss-making UK business, putting thousands of jobs at risk. 

Tata steel logo
BBC

Anna Soubry, the business minister, has been visiting the Rotherham plant today, while the unions involved have also been in discussions.

There's been reaction on Twitter to the minister's visit to the plant where 1,200 jobs are at risk.

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Travel update: More problems on M1 near Sheffield after crash

BBC Travel

Problems are still being reported on the M1 where two lanes are closed on the northbound carriageway between junctions 32 for the M18 and 33 for Catcliffe after an accident involving a lorry and a van.

There's now also congestion on the southbound side between junctions 34 for Meadowhall and 33.

Steel industry crisis: Rotherham plant has 'genuine future' says business minister

BBC Politics

Business minister Anna Soubry has said the government "will talk to anybody who has a genuine reputation and is genuinely interested" in buying the Port Talbot steelworks and any of Tata's other UK interests. 

Speaking on a visit to Tata's plant in Rotherham, Ms Soubry said ministers know the interest is there and the government will do everything possible to secure the future of steel in the UK. 

She said the plant in Rotherham was a "viable business with a genuine future, an extremely skilled workforce, excellent workforce". 

Steelworkers
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Bidding opens to host Great Exhibition of the North

A competition for towns and cities in northern England to host a government-funded exhibition promoting northern art, culture and design has opened.

Box office sign
Anthony O'Neil/Geograph

The Great Exhibition of the North will get £5m, with "public and private funders" providing any further budget.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said a £15m "legacy fund" to attract cultural investment in the North would also be provided.

The competition will run until June, with the winner announced in October.

Steel industry crisis: Union leaders call on Prime Minister for action

Union leaders are calling on David Cameron to take personal charge of talks to prevent the closure of Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant.

They have accused Business Secretary Sajid Javid of "taking his eye off the ball" and say the PM needs "to get a grip" of the negotiations.

Mr Javid is also due to meet union representatives on Tuesday.

Speaking outside the union talks in London, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told the BBC Tata had expressed a desire to complete the sale "speedily", adding: "That's not really good enough if they want to be a responsible company."

Travel: Two of three lanes closed on the M1 northbound

BBC Travel

Delays are being reported on the M1 after an accident involving a car and a lorry.

The hard shoulder and lanes 1 and 2 are closed on the M1 northbound between junctions J32 and J33. Queues back to J31.

The Highways Agency say it's expected to be clear by 17:15-17:30.

M1 graphic showing location of accident
Highways Agency

Barnsley's Katherine Kelly cast in Doctor Who spin-off

The cast for the new Doctor Who spin-off show, Class, has been revealed and it will see Katherine Kelly (ex Corrie, Mr Selfridge, The Night Manager and Happy Valley) as the teacher at Coal Hill School .

New talent Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah as pupils at the school. 

Katherine Kelly
Ray Burmistan

The BBC Three show has been created and written by award-winning young adults author Patrick Ness and has Steven Moffat as executive producer.     

There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read-through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

Steven MoffatExecutive Producer
Cast of Class
Ray Burmistan

Listen: Arctic Monkeys' and Last Shadow Puppets' Alex Turner says Sheffield is still an inspiration

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

The Last Shadow Puppets, that's Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner's other band with Miles Kane, played at Sheffield's City Hall last night.

I was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Alex Turner at the City Hall. 

Alex says he's thinking about coming back to Sheffield for an extended period...

You can hear it in full on BBC Radio Sheffield with Howard Pressman at 17:20.   

Weather: April showers about today and tomorrow

Scattered showers are likely to remain overnight, although it will be dry for most with a few clear spells. Light southerly winds and lows of 6C (43F)

Watch: The day Barnsley went to Wembley and came back with silverware

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

It's a day of celebration in Barnsley after the town's football club won at Wembley for the first time. They beat Oxford 3-2 in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy yesterday afternoon. 

About 25,000 Reds fans travelled down to London to cheer the team on.

Full reaction to yesterday's game and today's celebrations on BBC Look North on BBC One tonight at 18:30.

Listen: Resident's concern for safety after five-car smash on Sheffield road

Kate Linderholm

News, Sheffield

A petition to improve road safety on Dyke Vale road at Hackenthorpe in Sheffield has gained more than 800 signatures.

A man and a woman were arrested after the latest crash this morning which involved five cars after a police pursuit. 

The road is inside a 20 mph zone and there have been three crashes there in as many weeks. 

Sarah Winn lives on the road. She took the picture below and has set up the petition because she's worried there could be a fatality soon ....

Two Yorkshire stars among four England players to make World T20 XI

BBC Sport

Two Yorkshire cricketers - Joe Root and David Willey - have been named in the International Cricket Council's World Twenty20 team of the tournament after their performances for England.  

Joe Root and other England players
AFP

Their England colleagues Jason Roy and Jos Buttler have also been selected, meaning England are the best represented side in the XI.

England, who were beaten by the West Indies in Sunday's final, are the only team with more than two players included.  

Petition to improve road safety on five-car crash road in Sheffield

Kate Linderholm

News, Sheffield

Local residents started a petition last month to improve road safety on Dyke Vale Road at Hackenthorpe in Sheffield.

The road is in a 20mph zone and there have been three crashes there in as many weeks, including a collision involving five cars this morning. 

Crash clean-up in Hackenthorpe
Sarah Winn

The latest incident came after a 25-minute police pursuit - a man and a woman have now been arrested. Amazingly nobody was injured. 

Business minister insists she's confident about future of South Yorkshire steel

Liz Roberts

BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

Business minister Anna Soubry says there could be as little as four weeks left to save thousands of jobs at Yorkshire's Tata Steel plants. 

But on a visit to Rotherham this morning, she insisted she was confident about the future of the plant as she met workers, union reps and local MPs. 

This afternoon, unions have begun an emergency meeting in London to discuss the crisis.

MCC appoint ex-Yorkshire bowler as head coach

BBC Sport

Former pace bowler Steve Kirby has been named as the new head coach of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

The 39-year-old former Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset player replaces Mark Alleyne, who left his role after seven years in October 2015.

Here he is dismissing Michael Atherton while playing for Yorkshire back in 2001...

Steve Kirby dismissing Michael Atherton
PA

Barnsley fans 'Sing when you're rowing' video goes viral

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A video of Barnsley FC supporters teasing Oxford United fans by chanting "You only sing when you're rowing" has been shared by hundreds of people.

The footage shows about 15 Barnsley fans in flat caps sitting on Wembley Way pretending to row a boat ahead of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on Sunday.

Barnsley came back from a goal down to win the game 3-2.

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Steelworkers looking for big investors to secure future

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Tata has declined to comment on reports and rumours of potential buyers and investors into its loss-making UK steel business. 

Thousands of workers are waiting for news about any rescue deal, which will need government help, with huge job losses now looming. 

Tata Steel sign
PA

Liberty House has emerged as a potential buyer of parts of Tata's UK assets, although it is doubtful it will want to buy the entire business. 

Investment firm Greybull is in the process of buying the Scunthorpe steelworks and City sources have said they believe the firm could be interested in a possible deal to buy other Tata sites.

Billionaire Wall Street investor Wilbur Ross is also reportedly among investors expected to be contacted about buying some of Tata's business interests in the UK. 

Listen: Want to hear how Barnsley FC history was made?

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

We had live coverage of Barnsley at the JPT trophy with all the team from BBC Radio Sheffield's Football Heaven.

Here are some of the highlights of history being made for the town...

Look out, April showers about...

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Showers developing throughout the afternoon, some heavy and thundery.

Join me at 13;30 on BBC1 for a full weather forecast on Look North.

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Barnsley's Wembley win: Your congratulations

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Following Barnsley's thrilling win in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Oxford United at Wembley, you've been sending your congratulations to the Reds. 

It's the first time they've won the competition.

Barnsley celebrate with the JPT
PA

You've been sending your congratulations on our Facebook page.

Great work Barnsley...You've done Yorkshire proud!

Tracy Wardley

About time a Yorkshire team gave us summat to cheer. Well done Barnsley from a Leeds fan.

Vincent Turner

Well done Barnsley from a lass with Barnsley blood. Dickie will be crying!

Sylvia Ross

So proud xx

Michelle Firth

My 90yr old husband wore his flat cap lol. Xx

Fran Taylor
Fran Taylor's husband wearing a flat cap
Fran Taylor

Disability access a 'nightmare' in Rotherham

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A man with disabilities is so fed up with the obstacles he faces a daily basis, that he's spent months making a detailed list of all of them. 

Derek Yeardley from Swallownest has used a mobility scooter since suffering a stroke four years ago, but says getting around his local area is often a nightmare.

Our reporter Claire Renwick has been to meet him...

Rotherham Council has told us they appreciate Derek's concerns - and they say they'll look into any new issues raised within his report. 

They urge others to report problems to them as well.

Sheffield Eagles was my life, says devastated teen as reserve side axed

Sheffield Star

An autistic teenager who dreamed of a career with his beloved Sheffield Eagles admitted today after his hopes were dashed: “I used to feel like somebody, but now I feel like nothing.”  

Reece Lee
Sheffield Star

Have you seen missing Doncaster man James Henderson?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 67-year-old James Henderson from Askern who hasn't been seen since Saturday afternoon.

He was last seen leaving his home address on his "old and scruffy" bicycle.

James Henderson
South Yorkshire Police

Police are asking you to contact them, if you've seen him

You can call police on 101.   

Dramatic pictures: Man and woman arrested after five-car collision in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm in Hackenthorpe, where police have arrested a man and a woman following a five-car collision.

At around 4.45am today officers were in pursuit of a silver Audi A4 Sport through the Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

The pursuit continued for about half an hour before the Audi was in collision with a parked car on Dyke Vale Road. Three parked cars were also hit along with the police vehicle.

Local resident Sarah Winn took these shocking pictures...

Car crash, Hackenthorpe
Sarah Winn
Car crash in Hackenthorpe
Sarah Winn
Car crash, Hackenthorpe
Sarah Winn

Endangered butterflies seized in raid on Barnsley house

About 100 butterflies have been seized from a house in Barnsley as part of an investigation by wildlife crime officers into the illegal trade in endangered species.

Seized butterfly collection
South Yorkshire Police

Officers from South Yorkshire Police and the National Wildlife Crime Unit found a large collection of between 3,000 and 4,000 butterflies. 

The vast majority were legal, but among the collection officers found Birdwing and Swallowtail butterflies - both protected species that had been illegally imported from China, Vietnam and Costa Rica.

A 51-year-old man was interviewed and later cautioned for the prohibited sale of protected species.

Steel industry crisis: Minister talks of hopes for South Yorkshire jobs

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Business minister Anna Soubry has told BBC Radio Sheffield she hopes that steelworkers' jobs in Rotherham and Sheffield will be secured "for the foreseeable future" as efforts continue to find a buyer for the Tata Steel business.

She said: "I know the specialist steels they make in Stocksbridge and Rotherham actually are extremely high quality and there’s every chance they could be sold as an entity that would make money and be successful, but of course what we want is to make sure that we have a package for the whole of Tata Steel UK.

Steelworkers at Brinsworth Strip Mill in Rotherham
Getty Images

"So, I very much hope that everybody who is employed in Rotherham and Stocksbridge today will continue to be employed in three months’ time and for the foreseeable future.”

'You only sing when you're rowing' chant by Barnsley fans to Oxford supporters

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

What's wrong with Oxford fans' football chants?

These Tykes think they know...  

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The Barnsley chant "You only sing when you're rowing" was posted by football fans The Firm on YouTube.

M1 'smart motorway' work completed in Mansfield and Worksop

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A £205m project to turn a 20-mile stretch of the M1 into a "smart motorway" has been completed, with the hard shoulder being used as a permanent traffic lane.  

Graphic showing motorway stretch for smart motorway
BBC

It runs between junction 28 for Mansfield and junction 31 for Worksop.

I took a drive along the scheme this morning and then took this video from one of the bridges. 

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Highways England say it will improve journey times and reduce congestion.

The smart motorway uses technology to monitors traffic levels and adjust speed limits via overhead electronic signs.

Headlines: The Reds win at Wembley and business minister to visit Tata in South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two arrested after car crashes during police chase in Sheffield

A man and a woman have been arrested after a car being followed by police crashed into parked vehicles in the Hackenthorpe area of Sheffield early this morning.

Officers were in pursuit of a silver Audi A4 Sport through the Rotherham and Sheffield areas when it hit a parked car on Dyke Vale Road at about 4.45am.

The collision resulted in a further three parked cars being hit along with the police vehicle.

The driver and passenger were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and theft.  

The road remains closed to the junction of Silkstone Road.

Listen: Barnsley caretaker boss reflects on the Reds win at Wembley

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Barnsley's caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom spoke to me after yesterday's 3:2 victory against Oxford United at Wembley.

Understandably after yesterday's performance, he says it's vital to keep scorer Adam Hammill at the club...

Steel industry crisis: Business minister to visit Tata in Rotherham today

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been speaking to Anna Soubry, the business minister. on BBC Radio Sheffield. She's due to visit Rotherham steelworks.

She's on her way to South Yorkshire now. 

She says she's coming to offer support to workers and to meet management and council leaders. 

The government has said it would offer financial support to help "clinch a buyer" for Tata's UK operations, after the company announced the sale last week.

Business Minister Anna Soubry
BBC

Barnsley JP trophy champions: The winning goal

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A fantastic run and finish from Barnsley winger Adam Hammill.

He collected the ball on halfway, jinked past a couple of Oxford challenges on the edge of the area and then curled a right-foot shot into the far corner past Benji Buchel.

Take a bow Adam!

Adam Hammill winning goal
Getty Images

Relive the game as it happened here.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A 'Red' start to the day, full weather report coming shortly.

But smiles on many faces across South Yorkshire and possibly a few sore heads today.

Congratulations to Barnsley, Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners. Well done you Reds.

Barnsley Oxford Scorecard
BBC
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
BBC