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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Thanks for joining us today. 

We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00 with more updates for South Yorkshire.

Don't forget to watch BBC Look North tonight at 18:30 for more on the back-to-back living that's set to make a comeback in Sheffield...

South Yorkshire's weather: Rain dying out, clear spells to follow

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain largely dying out and with clear spells developing later leading to some fog patches. Minimum temperature 5C (41F). 

Tomorrow, any fog patches clearing then a generally brighter day expected with some sunny intervals, although scattered showers are possible with a top temperature of about 14C (57F).

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Listen: Could Doncaster's Jamie McDonell be heading to the US for next big fight?

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Doncaster's Jamie McDonell is set for another big fight in America - against Juan Carlos Payano.

The 30-year-old is eyeing up Scott Quigg and Lee Haskins as other potential opponents. 

But according to trainer Dave Coldwell, McDonell is likely to be travelling back to the States to face Payano next:

Sheffield's Bishop Steven to go to Oxford after seven years

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The Bishop of Sheffield, the Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, is leaving South Yorkshire to become the Bishop of Oxford. 

He has been in the role for seven years, during which time Sheffield Cathedral hosted the traditional Maundy Money ceremony (pictured) and the Diocese of Sheffield celebrated its centenary.

Maundy Money service in Sheffield

Masters 2016 winner: Time to come home to South Yorkshire and change nappies

BBC Sport

Sheffield's Danny Willett, has arrived back in the UK after becoming the first British winner of the US Masters in 20 years

Willett became a father for the first time just before the tournament. 

Masborough man sentenced for witness intimidation

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to a 12-month community order for witness intimidation.

Kaleem Ali, of Clough Road, Masborough, was found guilty of the offence last month.

Rotherham Magistrates' Court heard how Ali approached a child sexual exploitation victim in Rotherham in March 2015.

Ali’s father, Qurban Ali, was jailed in February for the sexual abuse of 15 young girls in Rotherham.

Today, Ali was sentenced to a 12-month community order, a curfew between 19:00 and 07:00 for 12 weeks and was electronically tagged.

BreakingCivic reception and fast track 'legend' status for golf hero Danny Willett

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield City Council plans to hold a civic reception in golfer David Willett's honour.

They'll also award him a star on Sheffield’s famous "Legends" walk of fame alongside other remarkable sons and daughters of this great city from Sir Michael Palin, to Jessica Ennis-Hill and Helen Sharman.

David Willetts

I would like to say a huge congratulations to Danny Willett on behalf of the city of Sheffield. We are incredibly proud of Danny’s achievements, especially considering he started his golfing career on one of our council golf courses."

Councillor Talib HussainLord Mayor of Sheffield

Man found guilty of sexually abusing girls in Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A Sheffield man's been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against vulnerable girls and women.   

Owen Smith, 50, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on trial this week charged with five counts of rape, two counts of trafficking and two charges of sexual assault.

Owen Smith
South Yorkshire Police

He's been found guilty of five counts of rape, two charges of sexual assault and one count of trafficking.  

The court heard how Smith, of Hawley Street, Sheffield, used his position as a mental health worker to gain the trust of his victims, who were vulnerable teenage girls and young women.

Smith has been remanded in custody to be sentenced on Tuesday 10  May 2016.

Missing in South Yorkshire: Have you seen Ethan?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Ethan Davies
South Yorkshire Police

Police in Rotherham are asking for your help to trace missing 14-year-old Ethan Davies. Ethan, who lives in Barnsley, was reported missing at about 13:30 today after leaving the Magna Science Centre in Sheffield Road where he was on a school trip. 

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen him or may know where he is to call police on 101. 

Watch: Book launched into space from park in Oughtibridge on anniversary of Shuttle flight

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

How's this for a book launch? 

A book marking the 35th anniversary of the maiden flight of Space Shuttle Columbia was literally launched into space this morning - and from a park in Oughtibridge in Sheffield, no less! 

Listen: Barnsley FC's Paul Heckingbottom previews Oldham test

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The Reds' caretaker boss has been speaking to me ahead of tonight's game with Oldham...

BreakingMan arrested on suspicion of Sheffield murder

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 22-year-old Sheffield woman.

The 37-year-old man, from the Colchester area, was arrested this afternoon after a murder investigation was launched.

He has been remanded in custody where he will be questioned by detectives.

More to follow.

South Yorkshire MP 'proud' of Stocksbridge connection to UK steel industry

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

MPs are holding an emergency debate on the future of the steel industry following Tata Steel's decision to sell off its UK operations. 

The Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, Angela Smith, has told the Commons that "every F1 car has a bit of Stocksbridge steel" in it.

She's said she's proud of what's being done in the town, but she's appealed for government help.

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Back-to-back housing to return to Sheffield

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Back-to-back living is returning to Sheffield more than 60 years after the clearance of the slums close to the city centre. 

Architects and developers have been given the go-ahead to create affordable back-to-back homes for the future. 

More on BBC Look North BBC1, 18:30 

Danny Willett's Masters victory 'no fluke'

BBC Sport

Reflecting on Danny Willett's triumph at The Masters, BBC golfing correspondent Iain Carter says his victory was "no fluke".

While the wider sporting public can now wake up to the fact that the UK has a new golfing hero, those close to the game have been more than aware of the talents of the 28-year-old from Sheffield, he says.

You can read more about Willett's rise to the top here

Danny Willett
Getty Images

MPs debate future of UK steel: Where are jobs at risk?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

MPs are debating the future of the UK steel industry in the House of Commons.

Today's debate follows the announcement that Tata Steel is beginning the formal process of selling its loss-making UK plants.

Tata steelworks

Thousands of workers in England and Wales risk losing their jobs if a deal to buy the plants cannot be struck.  

Tata jobs graphic

Yesterday, it emerged that a deal has been signed to safeguard more than 4,000 jobs at Tata's steelworks at Scunthorpe.

UK steel industry facing 'an emergency'

House of Commons


There's currently a debate on the future of the UK steel industry in the House of Commons.

It follows the announcement that Tata Steel is beginning the formal process of selling its loss-making UK plants.

Labour's Angela Eagle has called on her counterpart, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, to present "a comprehensive plan to secure the future of our vital steel industry" and accused the government of having "an ideologically-driven reluctance to get involved".  

Angela Eagle

"Such debates are rare but the situation now facing the steel industry cannot be categorised as anything other than an emergency," the Labour frontbencher says.

Sheffield Star's new editor: 'Help me to launch city revolution'

Sheffield Star

Sheffield is the best city in the world.

But it is time to speak up and make a difference. As a Sheffielder born and bred, I am sick to the back teeth of watching our big city rivals thrive and sparkle around us...

Nancy Fielder in Sheffield city centre
Sheffield Star

Barnsley FC fans 'love Hammill to bits' - Heckingbottom

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley FC head coach Paul Heckingbottom has added his voice to those suggesting the Reds and Adam Hammill are a perfect match.

Adam Hammill

The 28-year-old's future is unclear with his contract up in the summer, although both parties have expressed interest in an extended contract. 

Heckingbottom says Hamill is enjoying a "love affair" with the club in his second spell.

"The brand of football we're trying to play probably suits Adam. The fans appreciate that and like the way the club's trying to play. He's produced big moments...They love him to bits," says Heckingbottom.

Weather: A few bright spells and showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A few heavy showers are likely at times this afternoon, with the odd rumble of thunder possible...

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Have you HERD of BBC Radio Sheffield's elephant competition?

Rony Robinson

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

Why not pick up a pen and get designing your own Nellie the Elephant?

Herd of Sheffield graphic
Herd of Sheffield / Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity

As part of one of the biggest art projects seen in Sheffield this year, BBC Radio Sheffield is giving you the opportunity to design an elephant for the radio station.

Your creation could then be part of a sculpture trail of painted elephants dotted around Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield elephant

So how do you get involved? Just print off this application form and get designing! 

Anyone can take part - but if you're under 18 your form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

The competition is due to close on Sunday. Thankfully Acres Hill School are well on their way...

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Latest headlines: Police launch Sheffield murder investigation and MPs debate future of steel

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police appeal for information in murder inquiry after Sheffield woman is stabbed

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after the murder of a 22-year-old woman from Sheffield.

Police were called to Spotswood Close in Gleadless Valley at about 08:15 this morning after reports a woman had been stabbed.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later today.   

Forensic team
Police cars at scene

We are treating this as a targeted attack and I can reassure members of the public that we have a large number of resources at the scene and are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to establish the full circumstances. We urge anyone with information or anyone who saw or heard anything in the Spotswood Close area this morning to contact 101 quoting incident 161 of today."

Det Insp Steve AshmoreInvestigating Officer

BreakingMurder investigation launched in Sheffield after woman dies

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a 22-year-old woman from Sheffield.

At about 08:15 this morning, police were called to Spotswood Close in Gleadless Valley after reports a woman had been stabbed.

Bags removed from scene
Major incident team in Gleadless

The woman was taken to hospital but died a short time later. Her family has been informed.

Police Cordon at Spotswood place

This is an extremely distressing incident and the victim’s family is currently being supported by specially trained officers."

Det Insp Steve AshmoreInvestigating Officer

Senior judge criticises Sheffield IVF clinic over mistake that led father to 'total devastation'

Jane Dreaper

Health Correspondent

A senior judge has criticised an IVF clinic in Sheffield over a form-filling error which meant a man had to go to court to be legally declared the father of his child. 

This latest judgement - one of 15 cases with similar mix-ups - involved a couple who had fertility treatment using sperm from an anonymous donor.


The High Court ruling says the clinic's mistake was that a tick went against the wrong piece of text on a crucial form. 

The man said he felt "total devastation" and was "numb and shocked" when he was told his legal parentage was in doubt. 

The president of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, criticised the clinic, CARE Sheffield, for what he called "seriously deficient" behaviour. He said they failed to give the couple the support they were entitled to look for, and delayed apologising to them. 

Judgment is expected in six further cases, and it's thought as many as 85 couples could be affected in total. 

Your views: Dennis Skinner forced to leave chamber over 'Dodgy Dave' comment

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live


Bolsover Labour MP ‎#DennisSkinner‬ was forced to leave the Commons yesterday for calling the Prime Minister ‪#‎DodgyDave‬

You've been sharing your thoughts about this on our Facebook page:

Dennis is a legend, a man of the people who fights every corner for ordinary working class people like me & you, Dennis spoke the truth and the only people that should leave the chamber is Cameron & the Speaker...."

Michael Benbow

Punishment for speaking the truth. Unlike Cameron who'll walk away just a little embarrassed for telling lie after lie."

Terence Timmins

People can dismiss Denis Skinner as a dinosaur and a silly old fool, but he speaks with passion which is much more than many non-stone age politicians."

Caroline Milner

Skinner is one of a handful of decent people in that place."

Les Cavanagh

Silly old fool. Shows how out dated the labour party is."

David Chambers

He may be a dinosaur , but you've just got to love him."

Ian Troughton

Further arrest made in connection with Doncaster murder investigation

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Christopher Cumpsty. The teenager was arrested last night and currently remains in police custody.  

Mr Cumpsty, 43, was found dead at his home in Cross Street, Balby, at about 04:30 on Friday 11 March. 

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple injuries.

Christopher Crumpsty
Police issue

A 45-year-old man who was also arrested last night on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.  

A 41-year-old woman who was previously arrested on suspicion of murder remains on bail.

Sheffield Star newspaper welcomes new editor

BBC Radio Sheffield

The Sheffield Star has a new editor. Welcome, Nancy Fielder. 

Nancy started the job on Monday. Previously, she was acting group editor at the Derbyshire Times.

Nancy Fielder
Twitter, @nancyfielder

Watch: The top shots of Sheffield's Danny Willett's Masters win

BBC Sport

After Danny Willett's amazing Masters win, "Swing and Abyss" was the headline in USA Today, summing up an American verdict that the story of the 80th Masters was Jordan Spieth's extraordinary back nine meltdown.

Yet taking this view ignores a performance worthy of major glory from a player who was ready to win at the highest level. Danny Willett's triumph was no fluke.

Watch his best shots here: 

And while the world's media reflects on Willett's win, there's a woman and a newborn baby in South Yorkshire who just want him home:

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The latest scenes from Gleadless, Sheffield, after reports of a murder inquiry

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm in the Gleadless area of Sheffield, where it's believed a murder investigation is under way.

Police investigations seem to be focused around a flat on Spotswood Place.

Map showing Spotswood Place
Google Maps
Police in Spotswood Place
Police presence and tape at flats in Spotswood place

Latest headlines: Unconfirmed reports of murder in Sheffield and Bishop Steven of Sheffield to go to Oxford

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • We're getting reports of a murder in Gleadless, Sheffield. There's a lot of police activity this morning in the Gleadless Valley area - and we understand it is part of a murder inquiry
  • Doncaster Council says it's not now sure it will bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North. It's a Government-funded exhibition announced earlier this month which will promote art, culture and design in the north of England in 2018
  • The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, is leaving South Yorkshire to become the Bishop of Oxford. He's been Bishop of Sheffield for seven years

Unconfirmed reports of murder in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm in the Gleadless area of Sheffield, where there's a big police operation going on this morning. 

An area of Spotswood Place in Gleadless Valley has been closed off by police. 

We understand they are beginning a murder inquiry. 

There are no details at this stage as to what the circumstances are surrounding the death.

Road sign for Spotswood Close

Bishop of Sheffield to become next Bishop of Oxford

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Downing Street has today announced that the next Bishop of Oxford will be the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, currently the Bishop of Sheffield.

Bishop Steven succeeds the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who retired in October 2014 after seven years in post. 

Bishop Steven
The Diocese of Sheffield, Sheffield Anglican Church

BreakingPolice attending incident in Gleadless

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I'm in Gleadless where there's a large police operation at Spotswood Place in Gleadless Valley.

More to follow.

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Watch: Sheffield filmmaker to make Hollywood film after winning Kevin Spacey competition

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Sheffield filmmaker Kat Wood is one of three winners in an international short film competition run in partnership with Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street productions. 

Kat was told of the win in Sheffield with this poster outside Sheffield railway station in April. 

Kat Wood discovers she's won competition with poster displaying news
Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street productions

Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, will star Kat's short film, Home.

Here's how she found out... 

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Hague calls for 'mature' public debate on leaders' tax transparency

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Greater tax transparency among UK political leaders is here to stay but it needs to be matched by a maturity of public debate, South Yorkshire's former Conservative leader William Hague has said.

The former Conservative leader said people should not expect everyone to be "perfect or normal", as senior politicians publish their tax returns.

His comments come after a row over the prime minister's financial affairs and this, "Dodgy Dave" comment from Labour MP Dennis Skinner:

The comments saw the Labour MP for Bolsover ordered out of the Commons chamber yesterday.

Doncaster's Louis Tomlinson joins Soccer Aid line up

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Louis Tomlinson has signed up for his first big gig since the One Direction boys took their break.

Louis Tomlinson

He's going to line up in the charity football match Soccer Aid and play against a Rest Of The World team on 5 June at Old Trafford.  

More here.

Latest headlines: MPs to hold debate on future of steel industry and call for changes to charity cold-calling

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • MPs are to hold an emergency debate this morning on the crisis in the UK steel industry
  • There's a call for a change in the law relating to door-to-door charity collections after a local woman suffering from dementia was signed up for a £10-a- month direct debit by a cold caller
  • There's a debate at the University of Sheffield this morning on whether we should remain in - or leave - the European Union. The event's been organised by the City Region Chambers, with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Sheffield University Management School

Barnsley collision: Did you see what happened?

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Barnsley last night at about 22:05.

A Renault Clio was travelling along the A628 Westway from the Alhambra roundabout towards Townend roundabout, when it was involved in a collision with a pedestrian near to the junction with Wellington Street.  

Image of A628 Westway
Google Maps/South Yorkshire Police

The pedestrian, a 21-year-old man from Barnsley, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident.  

He's in hospital in a critical condition. Police want anyone who saw anything to call 101.