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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Hope you've enjoyed the images of the Women of Steel sculpture taking shape today. There'll be more on this on Look North this evening from 18:30 on BBC One.

Women of Steel sculpture taking shape
BBC

Don't forget you can send us your own photos or stories by getting in touch with us.

They may even end up on right here on your BBC Local Live page.

Barnsley fans begin to arrive ahead of celebrations in the town

Barnsley Council and Barnsley Football Club have invited proud Reds fans to bring some Wembley fever back to the town tonight.

Looks like some have arrived already ahead of the club's appearance on the balcony of the Town Hall which is due to take place at about 18:00 this evening.

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Weather: Bright or sunny spells but also scattering of showers

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Showers largely dying out during the evening, but a few persisting through the night. A few clear spells developing, but remaining rather cloudy at times with winds becoming light. 

Weather graphic
BBC

Danny Wilson hopes defender Liam O'Neil will play again this season

BBC Sport

Barnsley FC get ready to celebrate Trophy win

Final preparations are under way in Barnsley to celebrate Barnsley FC's success at Wembley.

The team are due to appear on the balcony of the Town Hall later this evening following their 3-2 win against Oxford United in the Johnstone's Paint trophy last weekend.

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Latest Tour de France 'legacy' project opens in Doncaster

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Four new community bike hubs have opened today across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

The hubs will be located in at the Doncaster Dome, Selby (pictured below), Leeds and Brigg and are funded by Sport England and delivered by Cycle Yorkshire.

They're intended to be the focal point for a broad spectrum of cycling activity, from informal support and advice to led rides, cycle training and supervised activity.

The ambition is to establish a community bike hub in every Yorkshire local authority by 2017. Sheffield Hallam University has been commissioned to evaluate the success of the project.

Community bike hub Selby Park
Welcome to Yorkshire

Listen: Memorable week for Barnsley FC caretaker boss

Latest headlines: Unions given assurances Tata Steel will be responsible seller and Sheffield Uni students trained to deal with serious emergencies

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live

The top stories across South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • The business secretary Sajid Javid meets staff at Tata steelworks in Port Talbot which goes up for sale on Monday as well as sites in South Yorkshire
  • Junior doctors across Yorkshire strike for a second day in protest against recently imposed changes to their contracts. Hundreds of people have attended a support rally in Barkers Pool in Sheffield
  • Medical students in Sheffield are being trained to become Community First Responders so they can deal with serious emergencies around Sheffield University

Travel: Fuel spillage shuts road in Sheffield

BBC Travel

Hathersage Road in Sheffield is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions between the A625 Stony Ridge Road junction and the School Lane junction.

It's because of a fuel spillage.  

Hathersage Road
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Watch: Sheffield 'Women of Steel' sculpture takes shape

Your reaction: Farmers tackling quad bikers in Doncaster

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been talking today about farmers in Doncaster who have been digging trenches to keep quad bikers off their land.

They say the damage to crops can cost hundreds of pounds and several have told BBC Radio Sheffield they face violent threats when they challenge the bikers.

This is what you've been telling us on our Facebook page:

Facebook
BBC

We have it every weekend. 10k of crop damage last winter in one field!"

Gemma Vernon

So find them some where to go local like and old quarry or brown field site."

Mark Beckford Green

If someone buys a quad bike it's their responsibility to find permitted land to use. They can't just terrorise local farmers then be rewarded with their own stretch of land. This is vandalism in the least and should be rewarded with police visits and bike confiscation."

Jodie Elizabeth Winters

Is Joe Root about to get some England sibling rivalry?

BBC Sport

It can't be easy to live in the sizeable shadow of Yorkshire's Joe Root, but his 23-year-old brother Billy Root seems to be making a good fist of it.

Joe (pictured) has become England's main man in the international set-up in all formats for the past couple of years.

Joe Root
Getty Images

But Sheffield-born Billy, who plays for Nottinghamshire, appears to be showing signs he has some of his brother's quality too, hitting his maiden first-class century for Leeds Bradford MCCU in their drawn match against Sussex.

However, as BBC Sport Online's been finding out, there's still some way to go catch up with his big brother.

Watch: Final preparations for the Women of Steel sculpture

Preparations under way for Barnsley FC Trophy celebrations

Travel: Burst water main closes Sheffield road

BBC Travel

Earl Marshal Road in Sheffield is currently closed in both directions at the A6135 Barnsley Road junction.

It's because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.  

Earl Marshal Road
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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton coming to Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The actress Tilda Swinton is due to visit Sheffield as part of the documentary film festival in the city this June.

She'll close the festival on Wednesday 15 June with the UK premiere of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger.

Tilda Swinton
Getty Images

The documentary focuses on the British art critic and writer John  Berger, who's lived in the Alpine village of Quincy since 1973.

The festival is also due to welcome snooker's Ronnie O'Sullivan back to the Crucible. He'll talk about the documentaries which have inspired him throughout his life and snooker career.

Sheffield medical students train to become Community First Responders

For the first time, medical students in Sheffield are being trained to become Community First Responders so they can deal with serious emergencies around Sheffield University. 

As well as their normal medical training, they're also being coached by ambulance staff.

There'll be more on this story on Look North this evening from our man Ian White:

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Rotherham's Neil Warnock up for manager of the month award

Rotherham manager Neil Warnock is among the nominees for Championship manager of the month for March.  

Neil Warnock (right)
PA

The Millers secured 10 points from four games last month, with wins over Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday helping to lift them out of the bottom three. However, Warnock faces competition for the prize from Leeds United head coach Steve Evans, Burnley's Sean Dyche and Cardiff City's Russell Slade. 

The winner will be announced on Friday.

Designer visits new walkway in Sheffield city centre

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Have you noticed the unusual new walkway in Sheffield city centre?

Walkway at Charles Street
Sheffield Hallam University

It joins the Charles Street building and the Arundel Street building at Sheffield Hallam University.

The unusual bridge has been designed by Corin Mellor - the designer and son of David Mellor.

He's visiting his handywork this afternoon.

New appeal to trace man wanted over series of assaults in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police in Sheffield are still trying to track down 37-year-old Jonathan Dodson in connection with a number of assaults - three months after they first asked the public to help them find him.

Jonathan Paul Dodson
South Yorkshire Police

The attacks are reported to have taken place in Sheffield between May and November 2015.

Det Sgt Suzanne Bluck said: “He knows he is wanted and appears to be actively evading police, which is simply unacceptable.

"This man is believed to be responsible for a number of violent crimes and it’s important we find him."

Watch: Protesters explain why they're demonstrating at Templeborough

Liz Roberts

BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

We've been talking about this protest going on at the site of a new biomass plant in South Yorkshire.

Its been organised by trade unions who say the plant at Templeborough is being built using cheap foreign labour.

The GMB say Interserve and Babcock, Wilcox and Volund aren't paying the agreed industry rate for all workers on the site.

Interserve says it's disappointed with this second protest at the plant and it complies with UK legislation on pay and generally uses UK contractors and UK supply chain partners. 

The company plan to continue to work with the unions to find a solution. 

Big Knit set to take place at BBC Radio Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've got a Big Knit taking place at BBC Radio Sheffield later this month. 

We're going to get 100 people into our Open Centre on 19 April, and they're going to knit all day long to make woolly caps for 100 babies.

Here's the best bit: if you want to, you can be part of it. They do say it's the new rock 'n' roll! 

Woman knitting
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Doncaster farmers dig ditches to stop quad bike riders

More on the news that farmers in Doncaster say they're being forced to dig ditches around their fields to stop quad bikers riding over their land and damaging crops.

Ditch
Craig Worthing/Twitter

Waist-deep ditches have been dug around several farms near villages including Barnburgh, Hooton Pagnell and Brodsworth.

One farmer has told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It's terrible to go to all the trouble of growing a crop to then see people riding around and destroying it right in front of your eyes. It's upsetting."

South Yorkshire Police said it was working to support the farmers.

Sheffield's Women of Steel see statue take shape

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Some of Shefield's "Women of Steel" will watch the start of work on a statue in their name being created today. 

The statue honours the efforts of women who worked in steelworks during World War Two.

The women will witness the metal being poured at a foundry in Gloucestershire. 

The statue will be unveiled in June in the centre of Sheffield. 

Women of Steel statue
Sheffield City Council

Weather: Risk of showers and thunder

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see bright or sunny spells but showers also developing, likely to become more frequent and possibly heavy and thundery later and into this evening. 

Lighter winds than yesterday with a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).  

Weather graphic
BBC

Latest headlines: Protest over 'cheap foreign labour' in Rotherham and Sheffield's 'Women of Steel' see statue take shape

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

  • There's a protest going on at at the site of a new biomass plant in South Yorkshire. It's been organised by trade unions who say the plant at Templeborough is being built using "cheap foreign labour"
  • The coroner at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington has discharged a female member of the jury
  • Some of Shefield's "Women of Steel" will watch the start of work on a statue in their name being created today, with the women witnessing the metal being poured at a foundry in Gloucestershire

Lee Westwood to tee off first at US Masters

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Lee Westwood in action
Reuters

Worksop's Lee Westwood is the first of our region's golfers to get his campaign under way at the US Masters later.

He tees off at 19:15 (our time) alongside Tom Watson and Charley Hoffman. 

Sheffield's Matthew Fitzpatrick is off at 21:38, and Danny Willett tees off at 22:39 tonight.

Hillsborough Inquest juror discharged

BBC News England

The coroner at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington has discharged a female member of the jury. 

The coroner Sir John Goldring, explaining his decision to the remaining jury members in court, said: "The information I have included a medical basis for her to be discharged". 

The nine members of the jury have now retired to continue their deliberations. 

They were first sent out yesterday afternoon after the coroner concluded his summing-up. 

Rotherham boss up for Manager of the Month award

Neil Warnock
Rotherham United manager
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Firm says it's 'disappointed' at protest at Templeborough biomass plant

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

There's a protest going on at the site of a new biomass plant in South Yorkshire. It's been organised by trade unions who say the plant at Templeborough is being built using "cheap foreign labour".

Templeborough protest
BBC

The GMB union says Interserve and Babcock, Wilcox and Volund in Templeborough aren't paying the agreed industry rate for all workers on the site.

We're protesting about exploitation of non-UK workers who are being brought on to the Interserve and Babcock Wilcox site and who are being paid, we believe, around nine euros an hour."

Bob McNeilGMB Union

Interserve says it's "disappointed" with this second protest at the plant.

It says it complies with UK legislation on pay and generally uses UK contractors and UK supply chain partners. It says it plans to continue to work with unions to find a solution.

Latest headlines: Protest in Rotherham over 'cheap foreign labour' and Neil Warnock up for Manager of the Month award

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • There's a protest going on at at the site of a new biomass plant in South Yorkshire. It's been organised by trade unions who say the plant at Templeborough is being built using "cheap foreign labour"
  • Farmers in villages around Doncaster say they're digging trenches to stop quad bikers riding across their land. They say the damage to crops can cost hundreds of pounds
  • Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock and midfielder Lee Frecklington have been nominated for the Championship Manager and Player of the Month award for March. Tom Lees is also a contender for the player of the month award

Early warning over Trophy celebrations in Barnsley

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley FC's Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory celebrations are due to take place in the town this evening after The Reds beat Oxford United 3-2 at Wembley at the weekend.

Barnsley football team celebrate Wembley win
Press Association

The team is due to appear on Barnsley Town Hall balcony between 18:00 and 18:30.

Due to the celebrations, Church Street, Saddler Gate and St Mary's Gate will be closed from 16:30 and on-road parking on Church Street will also be suspended from that time.

Restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible after the event.

Steelworkers union hopeful over future of South Yorkshire Tata plants

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A big steelworkers union is hopeful that Tata plants in South Yorkshire will be attractive to potential buyers.

Tata Steel's UK operations will go on sale by Monday at the latest, with Business Secretary Sajid Javid is pledging to do all he can to help find a buyer. 

Chris Williamson is from the Community union at Tata Steel at Aldwarke in Rotherham:

Tata Steel sign
Press Association

With the grades of steel we make I think there would be a prospective buyer. I'm not counting my chickens, of course, but I believe between us, Brinsworth and Stocksbridge the potential's there for a great business."

Chris WilliamsonCommunity union

Work under way on temporary market in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The steel frames for the new temporary market have arrived in Barnsley.

temporary market 1
Better Barnsley

It's part of the major scheme to transform the markets area.

There'll be a temporary market on the site (pictured below) while work is done to gut and redevelop the markets building.

temporary market 2
Better Barnsley

The wider scheme will also see a new library and public square nearby.

Demonstration over pay rates for construction workers in Rotherham

Cash coming to South Yorkshire to repair potholes

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Almost £700,000 pounds is to be spent in South Yorkshire to repair potholes. 

The government's announced £50m to repair nearly one million potholes nationally from the £250 million Pothole Action Fund included in last month's Budget.

Pothole
BBC

Doncaster will get £250,000, Rotherham will get about £230,000 and Barnsley will get almost £220,000

But Gerald Vernon-Jackson, vice chair of the Local Government Association, says it's small change:

This doesn't go nearly far enough. The government is taking about £1bn away from councils' transport budgets. So this is a bit like the school playground bully taking a quid of your lunch money away from you and giving you five pence back and hoping we're going to be pleased about it."

Gerald Vernon-JacksonLocal Government Association chairman

Latest headlines: £700K comes to South Yorkshire to tackle potholes and Barnsley FC to hold town centre celebration

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Almost £700,000 will be spent in South Yorkshire to repair the county's potholes
  • Farmers in villages around Doncaster say they're digging trenches to stop quad bikers damaging their land
  • Barnsley fans can see their team showing off the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this evening, with The Reds due to appear on the Town Hall balcony this evening

Travel: Slow traffic on M1 near Meadowhall due to accident involving lorry

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham).

It's because of an accident involving a lorry. 

M1 motorway
Google

Doncaster farmers dig trenches to stop quad bikers getting on their land

Weather: A bright day with occasional heavy showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be rather cloudy at first with patchy rain, soon giving way to a bright and breezy day, with occasional heavy showers developing with a risk of hail and thunder.