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  1. Three teenage boys arrested after barn destroyed in blaze
  2. Full list of candidates out for historic Rotherham council elections
  3. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

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Goodbye: 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 at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

I thought I'd finish the day with Jill Smith's lovely photo of the Rivelin Valley before the rain came.

Rivelin Valley
Jill Smith

Don't forget you can get in touch with your stories and photos too and they may end up on the Local Live page.

Have a great weekend.

Watch: Sheffield school pupils visit victims of Nepalese earthquake

Liz Roberts

BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

It's almost a year since two huge earthquakes destroyed villages in Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. 

A few months ago BBC Radio Sheffield spoke to Keith Brook, a teacher at Birkdale School in Sheffield, about his plan to take pupils on a trip out there. 

The school has been taking groups to Kathmandu for 15 years and the disaster didn't stop that this year. In fact, it made them even more determined and they also took along medical and engineering teams.

Our reporter Liz Roberts filmed some of the trip.....

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Missing: Police concerned for 25-year-old Doncaster man

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of Simon Smith who has gone missing from Balby.

He was last seen shortly before 2pm yesterday near the Woodfield Plantation area of Balby.

The 25-year-old is described as being white, 6ft tall, slim with short dark hair that's grey on the side.

He's believed to be unshaven and when he was last seen was wearing a black coloured Superdry jacket, blue jeans and blue and black Nike trainers with distinctive yellow laces.

Simon Smith
South Yorkshire Police

Weather: Outbreaks of rain overnight

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Any showers dying away to leave a largely dry evening, but becoming cloudy with rain affecting all parts after midnight. A chilly evening but temperatures will rise again as the rain arrives.  

Weather graphic

Latest headlines: South Yorkshire Police appeal for help to track down wanted man and soldiers help to re-open coalfield line

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • Police are again appealing for help to find a man who was convicted of robbery in his absence after failing to turn up at Sheffield Crown Court. Thirty-year-old Shaun Chamberlain from Bolton on Dearne was sentenced to four years in prison last month 
  • Some 372 candidates will fight for 84 seats on Sheffield City Council this May
  • Work is taking place this weekend to join up the Elsecar Heritage Railway line to Cortonwood. Seventy junior soldiers are mucking in to get the line, which has been closed for 30 years, up and running

Sheffield council elections: 372 candidates will fight over 84 seats

Liz Roberts

BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

Nominations have closed for candidates in this year's local elections on 5 May, confirming there'll be 372 candidates fighting over 84 seats on Sheffield City Council. 

Labour, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats are contesting every seat, while UKIP have fielded 42 candidates in 25 different wards. 

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has 23 candidates up for election, Yorkshire First have 1, and there's one independent standing. 

Sheffield Town Hall

They've also announced the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates for South Yorkshire today.

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates for South Yorkshire
Sheffield City Council

Sheffield Half Marathon: Who'll finish first at this year's event?

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

More than 7,000 people have signed up to run the 13.1 miles through Sheffield City Centre.

The Sheffield Half marathon has been dubbed by organisers as one of the most challenging half marathon routes in the region.

Last year Dave Archer (pictured) won the event in 1 hr 13 mins and 30 seconds.

Dave Archer who won last year's Sheffield Half Marathon
Run For All

The main event this Sunday starts with the first wave of runners setting off from Arundel Gate at 9:30am and the overall winner is expected to cross the finish line on Pinstone Street around 10:45am.

Could it be you this time around?

Barnsley striker targets play-offs after Johnstone's Paint Trophy win

BBC Sport

Barnsley striker Sam Winnall has targeted winning the League One play-offs after their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final success last Sunday.

The Tykes came from a goal down to beat Oxford 3-2 and win the competition for the first time in the club's history.

Paul Heckingbottom's side are seventh in League One, four points outside the play-offs but with a game in hand on all the teams above them in the table.

"It's the motivation of knowing that we could do it all again in May," he said.

Sam Winnall
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Wanted man still on the run six months after failing to attend court

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police in Doncaster are still trying to track down a man who failed to appear at Sheffield Crown Court six months ago in relation to blackmail and robbery offences. 

Shaun Chamberlain
South Yorkshire Police

A warrant was issued for the arrest of 30-year-old Shaun Chamberlain, of Bolton-upon-Dearne, who failed to appear at court in October last year. 

Last month, nine people were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court for a range of criminal offences in Mexborough, Doncaster.

A judge sentenced Chamberlain in his absence to four years in prison for his role in the crimes. 

Supt Neil Thomas said: “Chamberlain may think he can outrun police or outsmart the authorities and we acknowledge he has been outstanding for a period of time, but there are a number of active enquiries to find him and bring him to justice." 

Sheffield Half Marathon: Race route and road closures

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been talking today about the Sheffield Half Marathon which is taking place this Sunday in the city.

The organisers have sent us this handy map of the route....

Sheffield Half Marathon route
Run For All

And below you'll see a list of the various road closures and suspension of parking places which will be in place over the weekend.

Road closure and suspension of parking places list
Run for All

Man, 23, denies manslaughter charge

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Lewis Siddall (pictured) in Doncaster.

Lewis Siddall
South Yorkshire Police

The 24-year-old was found dead at his home in Skellow on 14 August. A post-mortem examination concluded he died of a head injury.

Blue Horrobin, 23, of Highfield Road, Doncaster, denied the charge during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was bailed and will appear for trial in January 2017.

Weather: Fairly pleasant with a few scattered showers

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers will develop this afternoon but with light winds it should feel fairly pleasant

Weather graphic

Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election: List of candidates

The list of candidates standing in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Constitutency has been published today.

The election is being held to find a replacement for Harry Harpham, who died in February less than a year after being elected its MP.

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Blackburn Meadows water works get £78m upgrade

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

A £78m scheme to improve a waste water treatment works in South Yorkshire has been completed.

The work at Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield, started in 2012 to reduce ammonia levels in the River Don.

Water treatment Works Sheffield

Yorkshire Water said the river's water quality was now "healthier than at any point since the Industrial Revolution".

The revamp will also aid plans to reintroduce salmon into the city centre for the first time in more than 100 years, it said.

The facility was built in 1884 and is now opposite Meadowhall shopping centre.

New York stadium to host England match tonight

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Rotherham's New York Stadium will host an expected sell-out England Women's Euro Qualifier with Belgium tonight.

New York Stadium
Press Association

The Lionesses have recorded two wins out of two in their Group, with an 8-0 victory over Estonia and 1-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

Eight group winners and the six best runners-up go into the final tournament along with hosts the Netherlands. The other two runners-up will contest a play-off for the final spot.

Player Alex Scott says they're looking forward to it.

Watch: Oldest tattoo man Jack Reynolds is 'officially amazing'

We've been talking today about Jack Reynolds from Chesterfield who went and got himself a tattoo to mark his 104th birthday.

He's also received a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records...

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Historic Rotherham council elections: Full list of candidates

Liz Roberts

BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

The list of candidates standing in what will be an historic first all-out council election in Rotherham is out today.

All 63 seats will be up for grabs on Thursday 5 May after the government insisted on a fresh start for the council following the child sexual exploitation scandal.

Previously councillors have been elected a third at a time but this time all three seats in each ward will be contested.  

Rotherham town hall

The Labour party is the one putting up a full slate of candidates.

UKIP has 41 people standing and the Tories 23.

There are 13 people standing as Independents, while the Lib Dems have five candidates. 

Three people will stand for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and there will be two Yorkshire First candidates.

Latest headlines: List of Rotherham election candidates published and New York stadium hosts England match

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

Dronfield barn blaze: Pictures released by fire service

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Earlier we told you about a fire at a farm in Dronfield Woodhouse which destroyed a barn last night.

South Yorkshire Fire Service have tweeted some pictures from the blaze and they've praised the crews who worked for almost four hours to bring the fire under control.

Dronfield Woodhouse Fire
South Yorkshire Fire
Dronfield Woodhouse Fire
South Yorkshire Fire

Three 14-year-old boys, two from Dronfield and one from Sheffield, were arrested and have all now been released on police bail.

Weird and wonderful exhibits at Sheffield archives

Sheffield Archives are having an open day on Friday, 15 April from 2pm to 4pm.  

The staff who work there have been telling us about some of their favourite exhibits.

Lunatic asylum
Sheffield Archives and Local Studies

Records from the South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum dating back to 1872. These include details of "supposed cause of insanity" with reasons including childbirth, religion, sun-stroke and the bizarrely vague "change of life".

Council committee notes from 1848
Sheffield archives and Local studies
Orange peel
Sheffield Archives and Local Studies

Another exhibit is the council committee note from 1848. It shows how litter and anti-social behaviour was an issue, with reports of "serious accidents" caused by "persons throwing orange peel on the footpaths and on the streets".

Cold war artefact
Sheffield Archives and Local Studies

Finally this Cold War artefact. It seems strange to think that, in the not too distant past, the people of Sheffield lived under a cloud of possible nuclear annihilation. This poster shows what a nuclear attack would do to South Yorkshire.

Three teenagers arrested after barn fire

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Three 14-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a barn was destroyed in a fire at Dronfield Woodhouse.

Two teenagers from Dronfield and one from Sheffield, were arrested about 6:30pm last night, an hour after the fire at a farm on Rod Moor Road was reported to emergency services.

The two boys from Dronfield were questioned and released on police bail, the third remains in police custody and will be questioned today.

The barn conatined hay and farm machinery worth thousands of pounds.

Local MP calls for Cameron to go over tax row

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

One of our local MPs wants the prime minister to resign - and says he's broken parliamentary rules. 

The Labour MP for Bassettlaw John Mann says David Cameron should have announced his shares in an offshore investment fund set up by his late father well before today. 

Mr Cameron said he'd paid all the proper taxes and sold them before he became Prime Minister. John Mann MP says the Prime Minster wasn't transparent....

Labour MP John Mann
Labour party

They're not criminal law but they were agreed formally, voted on by parliament and it says that if you've got shares, things like that, you've got to declare them and the reason is so that whatever ways we act, the ways we vote, things we argue for, we can see that there's no undue influence."

John MannLabour MP for Bassetlaw

Masters latest: Sheffield golfer four shots off the lead

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Defending champion Jordan Spieth has the lead by two shots after Day One of the Masters in Augusta. 

He fired a 6 under par round  of 66. 

Sheffield's Danny Willett (pictured) is just 4 shots back on 2 under par. 

Lee Westwood is on 1 under as is Sheffield's Matthew Fitzpatrick. 

Danny Willett
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Your reaction: First tattoo for 104-year-old

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Now, do you remember Jack Reynolds from Chesterfield?

He's the chap who was planning on marking his 104th birthday by getting a tattoo.

As you can see he's done it and you've been getting in touch with the BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page to tell us what you think.....


Wouldn't have one myself, but Jack wow you are amazing!"

Eleanor Fieldsend

Happy birthday Jack. You are Amazing."

Sandra Butterworth

Imagine what it'll look like on him when he gets old!"

Mike Haywood

Runners take to the streets of Sheffield this weekend for Yorkshire Half Marathon

Remember these scenes from the Yorkshire Half Marathon last year?

Yorkshire Half Marathon 2015

Well, the event is back for the second time this Sunday.

The event is run by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All  which took over following the Sheffield Half Marathon fiasco in 2014 when the race was called off because there wasn't enough water.

This year's race will take in Ecclesall Road and Ringinglow Road and will finish outside the Town Hall.

Latest headlines: Sheffield Council slammed for its response to anti-social behaviour complaints and Barnsley celebrates trophy success

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • A couple from Sheffield who say they've faced years of "hellish anti-social behaviour" from their neighbours have branded the council's response to theirc omplaints as "atrocious"
  • A new water treatment plant in Sheffield opens today which it's claimed will improve water quality in the River Don and reduce the risk of flooding
  • Barnsley was painted red last night as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy was shown off from the town hall balcony. Well over 1,000 football fans packed round to see it - and greet their Wembley heroes  

Your photos: Sunrise in Auckley

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Thanks to Darren Edgar-Barrows who got up this morning and took this lovely picture of the sunrise at Auckley in Doncaster.

Sunrise in Auckley
Darren Edgar-Barrows

If you have a photo or story you would like to share get in touch with us and it may end up on the Local Live page.

Travel: Burst water main continuing to cause problems on Sheffield street

BBC Travel

Looks like the burst water main on Earl Marshal Road, that I mentioned yesterday afternoon, is  still causing problems this morning.

The road is closed in both directions at the A6135 Barnsley Road junction while emergency repairs are carried out.

Earl Marshal Road

Top awards for two South Yorkshire football managers

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock has won the Championship manager of the month award for March.

He led the Millers to 10 points from four matches.

Neil Warnock
Press Association

Also celebrating this morning is Barnsley caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom who has been named as the League One manager of the month for March.

The Reds took 13 points from 18 during the month.

Paul Heckingbottom gives instructions during the Johnstone"s Paint Trophy Final match
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Weather: Fine morning with some sunshine

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start for most parts but then a fine morning with some sunshine and light winds. A few scattered showers will develop in the afternoon but with light winds it should feel fairly pleasant.  

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Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

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

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

But I thought I'd start the day with this photo of the Reds at Barnsley Town Hall last night.

They were there to celebrate their 3-2 win over Oxford United in the Johnstone's Paint trophy.

Barnsley team at the Town Hall

If you've got a picture of story you'd like to share - why not get in touch and you could see it here on this page.