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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Katie Galbraith

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Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

I know it's April, but forecasters are predicting there may be hill snow over the Pennines tonight - so take care out there. Here's hoping we don't see scenes like this:

Snowy Yorkshire hillside

If you do spot any snow falling or have some other great pictures, don't forget to send them to us and they may end up on your BBC Local Live page.

Weather: Further showers possible overnight

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining breezy this evening and overnight with further showers possible, perhaps giving way to a longer spell of rain towards the end the night, with hill snow possible over the Pennines. 

Colder than recent nights, with frost possible.  

Weather graphic

Watch: Pete McKee's latest work unveiled in Stocksbridge

Search is on for 'forever homes' for 10 Rotherham babies

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Babies don't come up for adoption often these days, but, in a rare coincidence, Rotherham Council currently has 10 young babies in its care all looking for loving homes.

Ranging from new-born through to several months old, the youngsters are all desperately in need of people to come forward to adopt them.

Anyone who thinks they can help is being asked to contact the adoption team on 01709 254899 or visit

Rotherham Council

Watch: Dog microchipping becomes compulsory from today

BBC News England

A reminder to South Yorkshire's dog owners: you could be fined if your pet is not microchipped, after a new law came into force today.

More than one million dogs in the UK have not yet been microchipped, one in eight of the estimated canine population, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says.

If local authorities find a dog that hasn't been chipped, owners will have 21 days to comply with the law or face a fine of up to £500. You have been warned!

Sheffield Council told to 'stop dithering' over new Retail Quarter

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The leader of the Lib Dem group on Sheffield City Council has criticised the Labour-run authority for "dithering" over the new Retail Quarter.

Colin Ross made his comments as the 3 St. Paul's development, the final part of the Heart of the City project, was completed.

Mr Ross says the development "which was helped by funding from the coalition government, is a great step forward". 

However, he adds that Labour in Sheffield needs to do more for the city centre.

Colin Ross
Liberal Democrats

A development partner for the new Retail Quarter was meant to be announced last month, but we've been told today they still haven't chosen. I hope the council will stop dithering and finally get on with building the new Retail Quarter."

Colin RossLib Dem leader, Sheffield City Council

Latest headlines: Hillsborough inquests jury retires to consider verdicts and police appeal after attacked at Sheffield station

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live

The top stories in South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • Over two years after the hearings began, the jury at the Hillsborough Inquests has been sent out to consider verdicts 
  • Tata Steel's UK operations will go on sale by Monday at the latest, the government confirms
  • Police are trying to find a group of Sheffield United supporters who were involved in assaulting a man at Sheffield railway station after an away match last month

Police issue e-fit following Firth Park robbery

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

An e-fit image of a man wanted in connection with a robbery in the Firth Park area of Sheffield earlier this year has just been issued by police.

A woman in her 60s was walking onto Foremark Road on Tuesday 19 January when she was approached by a man who attempted to take her bag. 

He assaulted her before taking her bag and running off down Sicey Avenue.

The suspect is described as being of average build and wearing a black beanie style hat, a khaki padded jacket and light coloured trousers.

E-fit image
South Yorkshire Police

Sale of Tata Steel in UK will formally go ahead next week

BBC News England

The sale of Tata Steel's UK operations will formally go ahead on Monday

Business Secretary Savid Javid (pictured left) has met the chairman of the firm in India, with thousands of jobs under threat, including about 2,000 in South Yorkshire.

Sajid Javid (L) leaves Bombay House
European Photopress Agency

Mr Javid says the government will do all it can to help find a buyer:

We had a constructive and positive meeting. They've said they intend to launch formally the sales process by Monday at the latest. In doing so, I've also made it clear that the UK government will do everything it can to support any serious buyer in every way we can to secure the long-term future of this industry."

Savid JavidUK Business Secretary

World Champion Stuart Bingham to join BBC Radio Sheffield Snooker Heaven panel

Final part of Heart of the City project completed in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The final part of the £130m Heart of the City project in Sheffield has been completed.

The 10-storey development, 3 St Paul's Place, marks the "revival of confidence" in Sheffield city centre, according to Manchester-based developers CTP.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and cabinet member for business, skills and development, says: "It's immensely satisfying to see 3 St Paul's Place, which began in the worst recession since the Second World War, now taking its place in the city skyscape."

The first occupiers, engineering consultancy Arup, are due to move in shortly.  

3 St Paul's Place, Sheffield
Robert Beaumont Associates

Rotherham boss Warnock criticises Bristol City's Lee Johnson

BBC Sport

Rotherham boss Neil Warnock has called pre-match comments made by Bristol City counterpart Lee Johnson "an absolute disgrace" after the teams drew 1-1.

Neil Warnock

The Championship strugglers met at Ashton Gate on Tuesday.

Before the game Johnson, 34, told the Bristol Post: "We have to make sure we win it, whether through aggression, good football or intimidation."

Warnock told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I didn't have to do a team talk, Johnson did it for me yesterday."

Three men jailed for Sheffield 'cold-blooded' shooting death

Three men who shot dead a father-of-two "in cold-blood" have been jailed.

Marvis Smith, Brendan McFarlane and Stevin Pierre
South Yorkshire Police

Grant Bodell, 23, was discovered with gunshot wounds on wasteland off Queen Mary Road, in Sheffield, in June 2014. He died later in hospital. 

At Sheffield Crown Court, Marvis Smith (pictured left) and Brendan McFarlane (pictured centre) were jailed for life after they were found guilty of murder following a trial in February

Stevin Pierre (pictured right), 25, of Water Slacks Close, Sheffield, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter.

Smith, 30, of Park Grange Road, was ordered to serve a minimum of 38 years while McFarlane, 22, of Hyde Park Terrace, must serve 32 years before being considered for release.

Take care....It's very windy out there

Grand total revealed for Harry and Paul's three-legged Sport Relief challenge

The grand total for Harry Gration and Paul Hudson's three-legged challenge for Sport Relief has been revealed. 

The Look North presenters walked 131 miles across Yorkshire with their ankles tied together last month. 

They raised £277,000 for charity. Harry says it's an amazing total… 

Harry Gration and Paul Hudson on their three-legged challenge across Yorkshire

Wow, what can I's an amazing achievement. I can't thank the people of Yorkshire enough for supporting us."

Harry GrationLook North presenter

'Distinctive' rings and bangles stolen in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The theft of high value jewellery from a house in Brinsworth, Rotherham, has sparked a police appeal for information.

Picture of distinctive jewellery
South Yorkshire Police

The jewellery, which is described as "of highly sentimental value to the owner", was stolen from a house on Godric Drive between 19:00 and 21:15 on Thursday 17 March.

PC Tom Jordan says: "I would ask people to keep an eye out for anyone who may be selling these distinctive items. Two gold rings and six gold bangles were taken from the property."

Hillsborough inquests jury retires: Hearings longest in legal history

More on the news that the jury in the Hillsborough inquests have retired to consider their verdicts.

The hearings are the longest running inquests in British legal history.

Since the inquests began on 31 March 2014, the jury has heard from more than 500 witnesses, been shown more than 4,000 documents and watched footage from the day of the disaster.

Sir John Goldring

The coroner, Sir John Goldring (pictured), began his summing up on 25 January and has been speaking to the jury for 25 days in total.  

Hillsborough inquests: Jury to consider if victims 'unlawfully killed'

BBC News England

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans has been sent out to start deliberating after hearing two years of evidence.

The seven women and three men will respond to a 14-section questionnaire on how the supporters died.

One question asks if the fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 disaster.

Hillsborough disaster

Jurors will also decide if fans' behaviour added to a dangerous situation outside the stadium in Sheffield.

Liverpool had been due to play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.

BreakingJury at Hillsborough inquests retires to consider verdicts

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has been sent out to start its deliberations after listening to evidence for more than two years. 

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush on the terraces at the Sheffield ground in 1989. 

The jury will have to decide whether they were unlawfully killed. 

'Grandad Fox' statue takes pride of place in Stocksbridge

A new sculpture designed by Sheffield artist Pete McKee and made by Anthony Bennett has been gingerly lowered into place next to the new Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.

Standing at 6ft 4ins tall and weighing a tonne, the sculpture - called Grandad Fox - is the first time ever that one of Pete's images has been made in bronze. 

This is what it looks like now it's taken pride of place today outside the £50m town centre development:

Grandad Fox statue
Grandad Fox statue

South Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Any rain should soon clear to leave a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers. 

Some of these showers are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, with some snow falling on hills.

Weather graphic

Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell says he's ready to step up a division

Shamir Masri

Journalist, BBC Look North

Doncaster boxer Jamie McDonnell says he's ready to step up a division and take on either Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg.

The 30-year-old defends his WBA Bantemweight title against Mexican challenger Fernando Vargas at London's 02 Arena on Saturday. 

But McDonnell tells me he's already looking at moving up to Super Bantamweight and an all-British contest:

Latest headlines: Stone-throwing gangs attack buses and taxis and business secretary heads to India for steel talks

The top stories in South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

Union warns over plan to close Business Department's Sheffield office

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Plans to close a regional government office and move 250 jobs to London could hit efforts to revive areas hit by proposed steel closures, a union has warned. 

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says the Business Department's move to shut its office in Sheffield dealing with investment undermines the Chancellor's "Northern Powerhouse" agenda. 

The union's general secretary, Mark Serwotka, says the Business Department's retreat from Sheffield not only puts 250 skilled jobs at risk,  but threatens the economic revival of areas that have relied on the steel industry for generations.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka
Press Association

This is the exact opposite of what the government claims to want for the regions and the civil service, and makes a mockery of its 'Northern Powerhouse' rhetoric."

Mark SerwotkaPCS general secretary

A rally against the closure will be held in Sheffield on Saturday, with speakers including Mr Serwotka and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Appeal after man assaulted at Sheffield station

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked and suffered a broken cheekbone at Sheffield railway station in March.

The 57-year-old victim was punched in the face by a member of a group of about 15 Sheffield United supporters returning from a fixture in London on 19 March.

The man was treated in hospital and had to have a metal plate fitted.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact British Transport Police.

Sheffield railway station

Barnsley to celebrate cup final success in style

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley FC fans are being invited to celebrate the club's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final victory in style at a special celebration in the town tomorrow.

Barnsley football team celebrate Johnstone's Paint Trophy win at Wembley

The winning team is due to be welcomed to Barnsley Town Hall on Thursday where they'll make an appearance on the balcony to show off the prized trophy.

Fans are being invited to celebrate with the Reds from 18:00-18:30 at the front of the Town Hall and are being encouraged to bring flags and wear the team colours.

Following the 3-2 win against Oxford United at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Reds caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom says: "We're proud and delighted to bring the trophy back to Barnsley and look forward to celebrating with fans at the heart of the town centre."

Missing Doncaster man found in West Yorkshire

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A Doncaster man who was reported missing at the weekend has been found safe and well walking along a busy A-road in West Yorkshire, police have confirmed.

James Henderson, 67, who was described by police as "high risk", was found by West Yorkshire Police officers yesterday evening after going missing on Saturday.

Mr Henderson was found walking along the A1 in the Barnsdale Bar area at about 19:10 on Tuesday.

Latest headlines: South Yorkshire junior doctors join 48-hour strike and warning issued after bus attacks in Barnsley

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Junior doctors in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire join others around the country for another 48-hour strike in protest against the new contract which the government is imposing on them
  • The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, is preparing to hold talks in India with the chairman of Tata about the future of its steel plants in the UK. More than 2,000 steelworkers work for Tata in Rotherham and Stocksbridge
  • Police issue a warning to young gangs in Barnsley who are throwing stones and rocks at buses and taxis. Bus company First says services are being diverted to avoid the attacks

Bus firm calling on community to help stop attacks on its vehicles

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

We've been talking on BBC Radio Sheffield this morning about several attacks on buses and taxis in Barnsley, with young yobs throwing stones and rocks at passing vehicles on Doncaster Road close to the town centre.

First Bus group was forced to divert a couple of its services after one of its passengers was hurt.

Brandon Jones, from the company, says: "We are encouraging the community to get in touch and I think probably Crimestoppers is the best way to do that.

"That means people can leave information confidentially and that can help and put a stop to these issues."

Buses in Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday boss 'not heading for Portugal this summer'

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal says he was misquoted in an article suggesting he could leave the club in the summer. 

Carlos Carvalhal
Press Association

The interview, in the Portugese publication Revista Sabado, included the quote: "We'll see what the future holds. 

"If we can go up with Sheffield, if there will be an invitation from a Premier League club, because there are already some whispers." 

Carvalhal had this to say after last night's 2-1 win against Blackburn:

All the time there are rumours to go back to Portugal... I am not planning to go back to the first league, not to the Premiership. First league means first league in Portugal. The people that translated this situation did a bad translation."

Carlos CarvalhalSheffield Wednesday head coach

Listen: Sheffield artist Pete McKee tells us how latest design was built

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The artist Pete McKee has been into BBC Radio Sheffield this morning talking about his latest art work, "Grandad Fox".

The 6ft 4ins, one tonne, bronze statue is being craned into place today next to the Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.

Pete has worked with the sculptor Anthony Bennett to produce the work, and Pete has told me how his design was turned into a statue:

Yobs warned after bus attacks in Barnsley

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police have issued a warning to young yobs in Barnsley who are throwing stones and rocks at buses and taxis

The incidents have occurred on Doncaster Road close to the town centre, and First Bus group has been forced to divert services 22 and 22M after a passenger was hurt.  

Inspector Richard Batty, from the Barnsley East Local Policing Team, says: "This kind of intimidating and aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated and, when identified, these individuals risk being arrested and could ultimately end up with a criminal conviction."

Union warns of deaths due to 21% cut in Yorkshire fire crews

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A fire union has warned a 21% reduction in the number of frontline firefighters across Yorkshire will lead to deaths.

Figures obtained by the BBC show there are now 2,101 full-time firefighters serving West, North and South Yorkshire, compared to 2,658 in 2010.

In total, the budget for the fire services has been cut by £21.9m over the past five years, with a further £15.2m due to be slashed by 2020.

Pete Smith, FBU Yorkshire secretary, says: "We just don't have the manpower any more when we turn up on a job and ultimately, as harsh as it sounds, that will lead to deaths.  

Mike Penning, minister for policing, fire, criminal justice and victims, says fire services could continue save money by working with other emergency services and reducing back office functions.

Latest headlines: Buses diverted after passenger injured in Barnsley and firefighters union in South Yorkshire says drop in number of fires no excuse for cuts

The top stories in South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Bus drivers and passengers in Barnsley face "intimidating and aggressive attacks" from gangs of young people stoning their vehicles, with First Bus forced to divert their 22 and 22M services after passenger is hurt in a stone attack
  • The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, arrives in India for talks with the chairman of Tata Steel over the firm's plans to sell its UK operations
  • Figures obtained by the BBC reveal the number of firefighters in South Yorkshire has gone down by 193 since 2010 - that's 23% of full time posts

Weather: A blustery day with sunny spells and scattered showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Early rain should soon clear to leave a rather cool, blustery day with sunny spells and scattered showers. Some of these showers are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, with some snow falling on hills.

Largest Pete McKee artwork to be craned into place in Stocksbridge

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A 6ft 4ins, one tonne, bronze statue designed by Sheffield artist Pete McKee is being craned into place this morning at the entrance to the £50m Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.

Pete has worked with the sculptor Anthony Bennett to create Grandad Fox, the first of a number of artworks at the new development. 

Next month, Pete will start work on a wall mural, and there are plans for a stainless steel figure of Samuel Fox, who first founded a steelworks in Stocksbridge in 1842.

Pete's iconic style has graced everything from cartoon strips to Paul Smith clothing and Oasis record covers, but this is the first time one of his images has been made in bronze - and the Fox Valley piece will be the largest "McKee" ever created.  

Peter Mckee and the Grandad Fox figure
Pete Mckee

Drop in number of fires no excuse for job cuts - firefighters' union

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Figures obtained by the BBC have revealed that the number of full time firefighters in South Yorkshire has dropped by 193 since 2010, that's 23% of full time posts, from 831 to 638.

The same data shows the number of fires they've attended over the same period has gone down by 38%.

fire service figures graphic

The Minister for Policing and Fire, Mike Penning, says: "Fire services can deliver savings while continuing to improve community safety."

But Neil Carbutt, from the Fire Brigades Union in South Yorkshire, says: "We would always argue the cuts to the frontline fire service affects response times. A longer response to a fire inevitably turns into a more inflamed situation and putting our members, and members of the public, further at risk."

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Morning, Katie here. I'll be with you throughout the day for updates from South Yorkshire.

We'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

And those stories include one about buses in Barnsley having to be diverted after coming under attack from groups of young people throwing stones.

Bus in Barnsley

More on that story shortly, and don't forget you can get in touch with your stories and photos - they may end up on your BBC Local Live page.