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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Live updates have finished for the day for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, but I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the day's news, weather, sport and travel updates. 

BBC Radio Sheffield's Kat Harbourne got out to Bradfield School today and took a photo of this shiny statue in the glorious sunshine. 

I hope you got a chance to enjoy the good weather and have a good evening!

Sculpture at Bradfield School

Weather: A fine and sunny evening and a ground frost overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Staying dry through the evening and night with cloud tending to dissipate.

With light winds and clear periods, it will turn chilly with a frost in places, as well as some fog patches. It could go as low as -2C (28F) in some places, but most will have an overnight low of 4C (39F). 

Hourly forecast

Watch: Children plant seeds sent back to Rotherham by astronaut Tim Peake

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School in Rotherham is one of the UK's schools to be sent so-called "Rocket Seeds" which have been in space with astronaut Tim Peake for six months and then returned to Earth and sorted into packets.

The aim is to learn more about the effects of weightlessness and radiation on seeds in order to develop plant varieties that can be grown on long space missions.

Pupils at the school have planted them today and this is what's been going on:

South Yorkshire in pictures: Glorious sunshine brings us all outside

Sue the dog walker sent in this photo to Paul Hudson at BBC Look North. It was taken this morning at the site of the old colliery in Kiveton Park near Rother Valley.

Kiveton Park former Colliery site
Sue Ruck

We're always keen to see where you've been, so send us any photos you've taken while you're out and about.

Latest headlines: Sheffield shopfront criticised as 'garish' and seeds from space planted in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this afternoon include: 

First past the post? Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis explains why he's running the London Marathon

Ellie Price

BBC Daily and Sunday Politics reporter

Three MPs, including one of South Yorkshire's very own, have been explaining why they are running the London Marathon this weekend.

I spoke to Vale of Glamorgan's Alun Cairns, Barnsley Central's Dan Jarvis and Derby North's Amanda Solloway about their preparations, level of support they have received, and any potential political rivalry:

Snooker championships: Chatting to fan at Crucible 'lightened the mood'

World Snooker Championship qualifier Sam Baird says talking to a supporter in the middle of a high-pressure match helped him win:

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BBC Radio Sheffield's Big Knit: Knitters reach 300 hats

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

They'll need a baby boom to go with the hats being knitted at BBC Radio Sheffield's Open Centre today.

The team knitting and crocheting tiny woollen hats for premature babies at the Jessop Wing had set themselves a target of 100 hats in a day.

The latest total is 300!

Woollen hats

Just ten days to go until Le Tour reaches South Yorkshire

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Preparations are being finished for the big cycle race as BBC Radio Sheffield's Helen Bailey has noticed today:

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Sheffield shopfront branded 'garish': Your views

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

More on the row which has broken out over a shopfront in Sheffield

The shop is called Cake R Us and it's on Devonshire Street in the city centre.

Shop front of Cake R Us

Sheffield City Council says the shop's paint job, which is red, white and blue and fashioned into a union flag pattern, is garish and needs to be changed.

So what do you think? This is what you've been telling us:

Ridiculous. If I went to another country and saw their national flag or colours on a shop front, I wouldn't bat an eyelid."

Vince Robinson via Facebook

Yes it's an eyesore. Every scrap of paint needs removing and they should be forced to pay for it doing right."

Carl Madigan via Twitter

You cannot paint your shop in the nation's flag, but they give listing status to a monstrosity like Park Hill, unbelievable."

Timothy Glyn Barker

Besides the fact it's an eyesore, they didn't have permission. Why should an exception be made?"

@TJ1889 TomJonesBlade via Twitter

Ronny O'Sullivan gets formal warning over breach of contract

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has escaped a fine but received a formal warning from World Snooker following his failure to fulfil media obligations at The Crucible yesterday.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

He refused to speak to reporters after his first round win over David Gilbert.  

The sport's governing body says the warning is line with its procedure as it is O'Sullivan's first breach of contract this season. Any further breaches will result in a fine.  

Pupils at Rotherham school plant Space Station seeds

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Some seeds sent back to Earth by astronaut Tim Peake have been planted out today by pupils at Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School.

Pupils plant rocket seeds

The British astronaut is part of a mass experiment to grow the seeds of the salad leaf rocket, comparing them with seeds that have not been in space to see if there are any differences.

The seeds have been in space for six months and were returned to Earth in March by the former commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly. 

Sport: Carlos Carvalhal calls on Wednesday fans for help

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has sent out a war cry to the fans ahead of tonight's game against the MK Dons.

Carlos Carvalhal

The Owls' boss will be taking charge of his 50th Owls match and has just been given an extension to his contract. 

He feels with the Dons fighting for their Championship survival, the Hillsborough crowd will be needed more than ever:  

It is an important period of the season, it will be a very tough game and we need the support of the fans. Our players need the support and we need to win the game because it will be a very tough game."

Carlos Carvalhal

Watch: Legal row over Sheffield shop's 'garish' union flag paintwork

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A man who painted the front of his Grade II listed shop with a "garish and unsympathetic" union flag is facing possible legal action for breaching planning regulations.

Sheffield City Council says the owner of Cake 'R' Us, in Devonshire Street, did not have consent for the work.

It says the shop must be repainted in a colour scheme "more in keeping with its 19th century characteristics".

Owner David Chan says he's painted the shop in an "act of national pride".

Latest headlines: Man in hospital after Sheffield stabbing and row rumbles on over shopfront union flag

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire rhis afternoon include: 

BBC Radio Sheffield's Big Knit: 176 hats and counting

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Originally the target was to knit 100 tiny hats for premature babies at the Jessop Ward in Sheffield. Just look at them. I can even see a tiny cardigan knocked up by one enthusiastic knitter:

A pile of tiny knitted garments

There are still a few hours to go, and it looks as though the volunteer knitters and crocheters at BBC Radio Sheffield's open centre are going to double that target.

The knitters are swapping stories while take part in the event which is part of Sheffield University's series Life: A Festival of Health, From Head to Toe.

And If you fancy having a go yourself, there's a link to the patterns they are using here.

Actor Maxwell Caulfield at Sheffield Lyceum in Guys and Dolls

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

It's curtain up tonight on Guys and Dolls at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre.

Actor Maxwell Caulfield - who you may remember in 1980s American soap Dynasty and the film Grease 2 - has been in for a chat on my show today.

He's playing the role of Nathan Detroit.

Maxwell Caulfield and Paulette Edwards

Sheffield's Danny Willett says he's looking forward to a bit of downtime

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield golfer Danny Willett has joined the PGA Tour following his victory at the Masters earlier this month. 

Danny Willett and Rob Staton

The golfer has been given a five-year exemption by the US tour taking him through to the end of the 2020-21 season. 

He told me that the last few days had been incredibly busy:

Getting back and bit jet-lagged, and obviously all the media stuff you have to do and then you throw in a three-week baby, yeah it's been pretty hectic so I'm looking forward to a bit of down time. "

Danny Willett

Pedestrian badly injured in Sheffield crash

A 41-year-old man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in Sheffield yesterday morning.

A white Citroen C3 Picasso was travelling towards Barnsley Road and Herries Road at about 11:00 when the pedestrian was knocked down. 

The man was taken to hospital where he currently remains in a serious but stable condition. South Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

Rotherham's award-winning greengrocer on key to success

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

As we've been reporting, Britain's newly-crowned Greengrocer of the Year started in Rotherham, and has stalls at the Rotherham and Doncaster markets.

produce on stall
KD Davis and Sons

KD Davis & Sons took the Best Greengrocer honour at the Farm Shop and Deli Show Awards at the NEC in Birmingham yesterday. They were also named North East Business of the Year.

Director Ryan Davis explains the secret of their success:

The big supermarkets try and push people on price, but we give good value and the right quality. People want quality when they're eating, that's what it's all about. We didn't expect this one bit, we just want to thank our customers for voting for us."

Ryan DavisDirector, KD Davis & Sons

Watch: Bailey Matthews crosses finish line of his 50th park run

Amy Nagy

BBC Radio Sheffield

Nine-year-old Bailey Matthews from Doncaster has cerebral palsy. 

You might remember seeing him complete a triathlon last year - and he later won the Helen Rollason award at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Well, here he is finishing his 50th parkrun at Clumber Park this weekend. Bravo Bailey!

Appeal over Sheffield stabbing

Police are appealing for information after a 20-year-old man was seriously injured in a stabbing in Sheffield at the weekend. 

Police were called to the Pomona Street/Stalker Lees Road area at about 19:20 on Sunday 17 April, where a man had been stabbed.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Owner of 'garish' Sheffield shopfront defends union flag on listed building

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A shop owner remains defiant over his paint job on the front of a 19th century building which has been criticised by Sheffield City Council planners.

The front of the cake shop opposite Devonshire Green is part of a row of listed buildings. 

Shop front

Sheffield City Council has written to the owner to say consent was required to repaint the shop front. They describe the paint job as garish and say the union flag theme is unacceptable on a listed building.

But shop owner David Chan has told BBC Radio Sheffield he's not planning to remove it:

It's the Union Jack. I don't see why it needs to be changed. I'm a supporter of the Queen and this country. I'll write to the Queen. I've not done anything wrong, it's an act of national pride."

David ChanOwner of Cake R Us
Shop front door

Weather: A fine and dry afternoon and feeling warmer

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Long sunny periods with a little more in the way of cloud for the afternoon. With light winds it should feel warmer than of late with temperatures reaching 12C (54F).

Staying dry through the evening and night with cloud tending to dissipate. With light winds and clear periods it will turn chilly with a frost in places.

Weather graphic

Jessop Wing stories emerge as Sheffield knitters attempt 100 hats in a day

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Big Knit has got needles clicking in BBC Radio Sheffield's open centre on Shoreham Street.

A team of knitters and crocheters are trying to create 100 hats in a day for premature babies at the city's Jessop Wing.

View more on twitter

And I've been hearing some heartwarming stories about giving birth at Jessops, including this one via twitter:

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Latest Headlines: Second arrest over Sheffield stabbing and Danny Willett joins PGA tour

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

South Yorkshire police 'adopt' local post offices

A number of Post Offices in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster have been "adopted" by South Yorkshire Police to provide reassurance and prevent crime in key locations.

Grimethorpe Post Office, Barnsley

The scheme, involving regular visits from PCSOs, was started last year with a pilot in Rotherham but has been rolled out across the force's area. 

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin says: 

Post Offices are key locations where members of the local community, particularly the elderly, regularly handle money. This makes them an ideal place in which we can interact with the public. After the success of Adopt-a-Post Office in Rotherham it made sense for us to 'adopt' Post Offices force-wide, in some of our key communities. We found the scheme to be very beneficial for people in Rotherham, and hope that we can replicate these benefits across the county."

Jason HarwinSouth Yorkshire Police

Masters winner Willett joins PGA Tour with five-year exemption

BBC Sport

Sheffield-born Masters winner Danny Willett has joined the PGA Tour.

Danny Willett

Willett, 28, has received a five-year exemption, taking him through to the end of the 2020-21 season.

Willett won by three shots at Augusta to claim his first career major following a dramatic collapse from world number one Jordan Spieth.

Second arrest over Sheffield stabbing

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police investigating a stabbing in Sheffield have made a second arrest

Officers were called to Manor Park Way in the early hours of Saturday after reports a man had been assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. 

A 19-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of assault and is in police custody.

A 30-year-old woman, previously arrested on suspicion of assault, has been released without charge.

Sheffield Council disputes city rough sleepers estimate

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Council's standing by its assessment that there are only about 11 people sleeping rough on the streets of the city.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, homeless people say they think there are hundreds.

Homeless person sleeping in doorway

Zoe Young, housing manager at Sheffield City Council insists that they and the police regularly patrol the streets looking for rough sleepers - and they're sure it's not that many: 

I don't think there can be that many. Of course the numbers go up and down. Last week there were eight people sleeping when our people when to out to see them, at other times there may be 12 or 13, but we do on average have about 11 people sleeping out on the street."

Zoe YoungHousing manager, Sheffield City Council

Sheffield's 'brutalist' electricity substation opens to the public

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A big slab of concrete next to the inner ring road in Sheffield opens to the public today as part of the Art Sheffield 2016 festival. 

The Moore Street substation was completed in 1968 and is acclaimed as an example of the "brutalist" school of architecture. It was granted Grade II listed status in 2013. 

Electricity substation
Jefferson Sheard Architects

Artist Steven Claydon is due to present a new video and sound work in the iconic building as part of the festival. 

It'll be the first time the substation has been opened to the public.

The building may not be to everyone's taste, though personally I love it - especially when it's lit up at night.

Electricity substation
Jefferson Sheard Architects

Steven Claydon's work can be viewed on these dates:

  • Tuesday 19 April – Saturday 23 April, 12:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 26 April – Saturday 30 April, 12:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 3 May – Thursday 5 May, 12:00-17:00

Admission is free. Visitors are invited to make a charity donation if they wish. Proceeds will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Snooker Championships: Two in a row for the Milkman at The Crucible

Robert Milkins closes in on Mark Selby at the Crucible.

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The Big Knit in Sheffield: Twenty five hats done, just 75 to go

The needles are clicking at the open centre at BBC Radio Sheffield on Shoreham Street as knitters attempt to make 100 woolly hats in just a day for premature babies at the Jessop Wing. 

And it's not too late to come and join in the fun...

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Latest Headlines: Only 11 homeless people in Sheffield says council and planners oppose 'garish' shop front

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

 The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • Sheffield Council stands by its assessment that there are only about 11 people sleeping rough on the streets of the city
  • Planners criticise a 19th century Grade II listed shop front in Sheffield which has been painted with a union flag as garish and illegal
  • A fourth generation family greengrocer that started in Rotherham in 1938 wins two national awards

Carlos Carvalhal signs contract extension at Sheffield Wednesday

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield Wednesday have agreed a new contract with head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

Carlos Carvalhal

No specific details of the deal have emerged yet. 

Defender Glenn Loovens believes Carvalhal's been a major factor in their climb for the play-offs. 

He's a good manager and a nice guy to work with and he loves the style of football which I like playing. He's done a good job with Sheffield Wednesday and hopefully we'll keep him for a few more years."

Glenn Loovens

Rotherham greengrocer wins two national awards

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A fourth generation family greengrocer that started in Rotherham in 1938 has won two national awards.

Ryan Davis, the director of KD Davis and sons, is very happy about it, posing up a storm with his trophies.

Ryan Davis with this trophies
KD Davis and Sons

The firm has stalls at Rotherham and Doncaster markets and took the Best Greengrocer honour at the Farm Shop and Deli Show Awards at the NEC in Birmingham yesterday.

It was also named North East business of the Year.  

Hot needles at BBC Radio Sheffield for The Big Knit

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Knitters are aiming to make 100 hats for premature babies born at Sheffield's Jessop Wing - and it's not too late for you to come to BBC Radio Sheffield's Shoreham Street HQ and join in.

Knitters at BBC Radio Sheffield
University of Sheffield

The team will provide tea, biscuits, wool and knitting patterns - all you need to do is bring your needles. And if you prefer to crochet that's fine too. 

I's part of the University of Sheffield's Life Festival.

Wool, badges and patterns on table

Your views: Sheffield steel cups for Glastonbury

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

You seem to be keen on our story yesterday about the 200,000 cups made from stainless steel smelted in Sheffield that will be handed out to revellers at Glastonbury Festival.

This is what you've been telling us:

Steel cup
Glastonbury Festival

Brilliant idea, will save on the litter and deter people from peeing into the paper/plastic cups and chucking them over the crowd!!! All festivals should give out a re-usable cup and it would be a great keepsake from the event.

Sharron Harris via Facebook

Hopefully some people will use it again and again or they could get it squashed and framed. It will be quite retro.

Tracey Gibbons via Facebook

Work begins on constructing Doncaster HS2 Rail College

Doncaster Council's chief executive has tweeted that she's spotted work's under way for the big new National College for High Speed Rail:

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Planners declare Sheffield shop front 'garish'

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A shop front on Devonshire Street in Sheffield is in hot water with planners after painting a design on a 19th century Grade II listed building.

Brightly painted shop front on Devonshire Street
Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council wrote to the owner of the property in February 2015 informing him that because of the building's historic status, consent was required for repainting the shop front. The owner was also told the union flag theme was unacceptable on a listed building. 

The owner contacted the local planning authority and explained that, while he had no intention of repainting the shop front in a more acceptable colour, he'd submit an application for Listed Building Consent, even though it's unlikely he'll be successful.

What do you think? Is the paint job garish? Let us know.