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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Linderholm

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Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it for today, I'll be back tomorrow with all the news, travel, weather, sport and wonderful pictures from across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Please share with us any stories or pictures you have. 

And don't forget, there's still time to get your elephant design in for an art project involving BBC Radio Sheffield.

Here's one that's already been done if you need some inspiration! 

Painted elephant statues

Weather: A fine and sunny evening with clear skies overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry and sunny this evening, with light winds. Staying dry overnight with mostly clear skies.

The light winds will allow temperatures to fall and a touch of grass frost to form in places by the morning.  

Hourly forecast

Q&A: Sheffield steel cups heading for Glastonbury

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

We've heard this week that revellers at the Glastonbury Festival are to be provided with steel drinking cups smelted in Sheffield.

Steel cup for Glastonbury
Glastonbury Festival

With that in mind, I've been looking at some of the questions being asked about giving bacchanalian band-lovers metal beakers.  

These questions include:

  • Will these steel cups make my beer taste funny?
  • Will they help the British steel industry?
  • Will people with metal fillings be able to use them?

Find out the answers to these and many more pressing questions about Sheffield's role in Glastonbury 2016 right here.

DNA 'sat nav' helps Sheffield Uni academics predict origins of Yiddish

The origin of Yiddish, the millennium-old language of Ashkenazic Jews, is something which linguists have discussed for decades.

Now, a pioneering tool – the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) – which converts DNA data into its ancestral coordinates, has helped scientists pinpoint that the DNA of Yiddish speakers could have originated from four ancient villages in northeastern Turkey.

The research, led by Doctor Eran Elhaik (pictured) from the University of Sheffield, suggests the Yiddish language was originated by Iranian and Ashkenazic Jews as they traded on the Silk Road.

Doctor Eran Elhaik
University of Sheffield

Yiddish is such a wonderful and complex language, which was inappropriately called 'Bad German' by both its native and non-native speakers because the language consists of made-up German words and a non-German grammar."

Doctor Eran Elhaik

Sheffield Council promises talks over fees hike for Sharrow Vale Market

Sheffield City Council insists it's willing to talk after the organisers of Sharrow Vale Market said they couldn't afford a hike in fees.

Previously they've had to pay the council £25 to put on the event - now they've been warned it'll cost almost £800.

Crowds at market

But Tom Finnegan-Smith, of Sheffield City Council, says:

We are happy to discuss the arrangements with the organiser to ensure continued success. We have always had to make a Traffic Regulation Notice that allows stalls on the highway and for the temporary closure of Sharrow Vale Road. The cost of doing this is changing because the previous fee did not cover costs. We have given the organisers some options to think about before the next event in July."

Tom Finnegan-SmithSheffield City Council

Businesses 'like what they see' in Barnsley

Barnsley Council's economic development team has set new targets for economic growth after a record-breaking year for enquiries about business properties and 23 new companies moving to the borough.

Enterprising Barnsley image with caption "Building a Brighter future"
Barnsley Council

The council now aims to repeat that performance and help create an additional 1,300 private sector jobs in 2016-17.

Matt Gladstone, who heads Enterprising Barnsley as part of Barnsley Council, says:

We're particularly pleased to have attracted so many new companies to the borough. It's good to see that national and international businesses looking for somewhere to grow are liking what they see in Barnsley."

Matt GladstoneEnterprising Barnsley

Watch: World Snooker at Sheffield's Crucible - as not seen on TV

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

As you know, the World Snooker Championships are taking place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

What you possibly don't realise is how much goes on behind the scenes, and what's involved in producing the hours of live television. So a little earlier I popped along to take a look:

Latest headlines: Woman hurt in Penistone hit-and-run and price hike 'threatens' Sharrow Vale Market

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

Man arrested after woman hurt in hit-and-run in Penistone

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield News

An 83-year-old woman's been seriously hurt in a hit-and-run incident in Penistone.

Police cordon on Market Street today
Andy Firth

The woman suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when she was knocked down at about 10:30 this morning on Market Street.

A man's been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.  

Funnyman Marcus Brigstocke helps children become class comics

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The BBC has started a competition in schools aimed at getting children writing comedy and improving their literacy.

Comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke has been telling me about it on BBC Radio Sheffield this afternoon.

And if you know someone who wants to take part, then they need to be in school years 10 or 11 and they have until 24 July to apply here.

Marcus Brigstocke

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion concerned over Didcot bodies delay

Police searching for two demolition workers from South Yorkshire who were working at Didcot Power Station when it collapsed say the operation will take some time. 

Collapsed power station
Thames Valley Police

The collapse, on 23 February, killed one man whose body was recovered and injured five others.

The bodies of Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, and that of Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, have not yet been found.

Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion is travelling to Oxfordshire this afternoon to see what she can find out about the slow progress in clearing the site:

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Cartoonist Steve Bell reveals secrets of his trade

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been chatting to political cartoonist Steve Bell whose pitiless caricatures appear daily in the Guardian. 

He's the one who always portrays David Cameron with a condom over his head. 

Steve Bell
Exeter Street Hall

Steve is coming to Sheffield on Thursday to take part in the University Student Union's Festival of Debate. 

He tells me he hasn't moved with the times and switched to using computer-aided design:

It's all done by hand, I'm too old to change my ways. Time is quite tight as I have between three or four hours to get it done. I never know from day to day what's coming next."

Steve BellGuardian cartoonist

Snooker Championships: Barry Hearn verdict on Ronnie O'Sullivan's media no-show

World Snooker supremo Barry Hearn has been talking to journalists at the World Snooker Championships at Sheffield's Crucible.   

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Here's what he had to say about Ronnie O'Sullivan's refusal to speak to reporters after his first round win over David Gilbert:

I texted Ronnie. Breach of contract. First offence is a warning. May be over generous and we may review."

Barry Hearn

Big Knit hat total reached 304 for premature babies in Sheffield

Yesterday, we followed the progress of a group of knitting and crocheting volunteers who came to the BBC Radio Sheffield Open Centre to make tiny woollen hats for babies at the Jessop Wing in the city.

Sheffield University, who organised the event, has totted-up the final grand total:

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Pedestrian injured in Doncaster collision

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A 77-year-old man has been seriously injured during a collision in Askern, Doncaster.

A black Renault Scenic was travelling along Station Road towards the A19 at about 11:30 yesterday morning. 

The car and pedestrian were in collision at the junction of Spa Pool Road.

The pensioner suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

Latest headlines: Search continues for Rotherham men buried at Didcot and Sharrow Vale market fee hike

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The latest stories from Sheffield and South Yorkshire this afternoon include: 

Council hikes Sheffield market fee from £25 to £800

Grace Parnell

BBC News Online, Sheffield

The organisers of a busy community market in Sheffield say its future's in doubt after the council hiked the price of fees.

People at market stalls

Previously, organisers of the Sharrow Vale market have had to pay Sheffield City Council £25 to put on the event - which is staffed by volunteers and hires its own skip to remove rubbish.

Stall selling plants

Now they've been warned it'll cost almost £800 in the future. Ian Ramsay is the chairman of the Sharrow Vale Community Association and says they do everything:

"We do cones and signage, marshal the event and clean up afterwards. If we put up the price of stalls, people simply won't come. They're taking away something from the community."

Ian RamsaySharrow Vale Community Association

Watch: Take a sneak peak behind the scenes at BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at BBC Look North - Yorkshire's most watched news programme?

From a little bit of studio trickery to the secrets of the make-up room, Owain's been taking a look behind the cameras:

If you fancy being part of it too, here's your chance.

Didcot power station bodies search 'will take time'

A 131ft pile of rubble has been cleared from the collapsed Didcot power station site but finding the three missing men - including two from South Yorkshire - will take time, police have said.

Didcot Power Station collapse

The collapse, on 23 February, killed one man whose body was recovered and injured five others.

Thames Valley Police said 20,000 tonnes of material remains but an area equivalent to the length of a football pitch has been taken away.

The bodies of Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, and that of Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, have not yet been found.

South Yorkshire footballers show off cake decorating skills

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Four South Yorkshire football clubs have taken part in a charity bake-off for West Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Not the steadiest hand on the icing bag, looking at the pictures below, though that's a pretty impressive owl. Can you guess which belongs to your team?

Four cakes, top left Sheffield United, top right Rotherham United, bottom left Sheffield Wednesday, bottom right Barnsley
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Two players from each team took part in the timed cake-off competition, decorating their very own cake with a professional chef's guidance.

The teams supporting the Time for Tea Cake Off were:

  • Sheffield Wednesday (Glenn Loovens and Fernando Forestieri)
  • Sheffield United (Che Adams and Harrison McGahey)
  • Barnsley (Nick Townsend and Callum Evans)
  • Rotherham (Luciano Becchio and Aimen Belaid)

The judges' winner will be declared on Friday.

Weather: Plenty of sunshine but cloudier this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day across the region with plenty of sunshine, although cloudier at times this afternoon. Feeling pleasant in the light winds. 

Staying dry overnight with some good clear spells and light winds, and with a touch of frost in places by Thursday morning.

Hourly forecast

Have you seen missing Doncaster woman Lorraine?

Police in Doncaster say they're increasingly worried about 49-year-old Lorraine Finch, who's not been seen since about 05:15 today when she left her home in Askern Road, Bentley.Officers are asking anyone who may have seen Lorraine, or may know where she is, to get in touch.

Lorraine Finch
South Yorkshire Police

Lorraine has distinctive black and blonde coloured hair and is believed to be wearing a black leather bomber jacket, white ankle-length trousers, white sandals and a light-coloured top.

Your views: Row rumbles on over Sheffield's 'garish' shopfront

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

There's been lots more reaction to the story we first ran yesterday about the cake shop on Devonshire Street in Sheffield with the front painted with a union flag.

Cake R Us shopfront painted with union flag

Sheffield City Council says the owner of Cake 'R' Us, in Devonshire Street, did not have consent for the work on the listed 19th century building.

Owner David Chan said he had painted the shop in an "act of national pride".

This is what you've been telling us:

It's a wonder they haven't pulled it down after all it's an old building"

Graham Brammer

I'm sorry but it does look awful.

Thelma Davison

Why are the council making a fuss and yet have done nothing to stop Rare and Racy block of shops from being demolished."

Richard Aldam

Latest headlines: Yorkshire unemployment up to 6.3% and government welcomes Tata buyout proposal

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include: 

Bawtry's burlesque barber cleared to cut children's hair

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A barber from Bawtry who added burlesque dancing, 18-rated movies and a bar to his premises will now be allowed to cut under-18s' hair. 

Gentleman's Retreat

Back in February, The Gentleman's Retreat got permission to go ahead as long as no children were allowed on the premises

That ban has been lifted today after an appeal by owner James Herrington. He says it will also mean he can now employ an apprentice.

Rotherham schoolgirl at Downing Street to interrogate David Cameron

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A Rotherham schoolgirl is questioning the Prime Minister today. Ten-year-old Isabelle Hall, from St Bede's Catholic Primary in Kimberworth, won a competition through the youth newspaper First News to ask a question to David Cameron at Downing Street.  

Isabelle Hall
St Bede's Catholic Primary School

One of her teachers, Gavin Sharp, will be making the trip to Number 10 with her. So could we be looking at a politician of the future?

I thought I might steer her a little bit and guide her. But she's planned everything she wanted to say and there's no way I could influence her or change her mind in any way shape or form."

Gavin SharpTeacher, St Bede's Catholic Primary School

Yorkshire unemployment rises to 6.3%

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Unemployment in Yorkshire has gone up this month. 

Figures for the period between December and February show there were 169,000 people without a job, that's 4,000 more than last month. The unemployment rate is now 6.3% .

Nationally it's gone up as well.

Job Centre Plus window

Criticism of social workers not helping recruitment in Doncaster and Rotherham

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

New figures show a shortage of social workers to protect children, with one in five children's social work posts vacant across the country.

Child in silhouette

John Mordecai, from the union Unison in Sheffield, has told BBC Radio Sheffield that criticism of social workers after high profile cases in places like Doncaster and Rotherham hasnt helped:  

Whenever anything goes wrong in relation to children or vulnerable adults, the media and others tend to target the social workers' response to it. So you only get to hear about when they are perceived to be failing, and you never hear about the good things they do because you can't publicise them because they're confidential."

John MordecaiUnison

Snooker Championships: Mark Allen well ahead with one frame to go at Sheffield's Crucible

BBC Sport

A good morning's work for Mark Allen at Sheffield's Crucible:

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Watch: Inside Sheffield's iconic Moore Street substation

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

I thought you might like a look inside one of Sheffield's most iconic buildings.

To some it's just a big lump of concrete that dominates one of Sheffield's major road junctions. But to others the Moore Street substation is a thing of beauty, a listed building and a perfect example of so-called "brutalist" architecture.

Inside, it's more like a science fiction film from another age. But for the next three weeks part of it is shut down for maintenance - which means artists can move in:

Latest headlines: Joblessness up in Yorkshire and attemps to recruit more social workers in Doncaster

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

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

Bawtry's burlesque barber tries to overturn ban on children

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Bawtry barber who wanted to offer a bar, burlesque dancing and 18-rated movies is trying to get the go-ahead for a second time.

Back in February, Doncaster Council said the activities could take place - but said if they did, children would not be allowed into The Gentleman's Retreat. The council's licencing committee will decide later whether to lift the ban on children.

Barbers Chair at the Gentleman's Retreat

Pastor Simon Carter, from Bawtry Evangelical Free Church, says the ban should stay:

It's seedy and sordid and exploitative of sexuality. His concern is obviously money and he's not so concerned about the welfare of the children. I don't know but I wonder if he has any five or six-year-old girls who he'd like to have in his premises.

Pastor Simon Carter

Gentleman's Retreat owner James Herrington says he's providing safeguards to protect children:

I've got a 15-month-old daughter, I've got under seven-year-old nieces and nephews, they all come for haircuts here. And I've got a lot of clients of that age who come here with their parents. After speaking to the parents, they see I'm trying to put things in place to safeguard them: not playing R-rated films, alcohol on a separate floor, in-house membership, which is a big one for the rules."

James Herrington

Sheffield University energy project could mean more efficient trains

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Batteries from parked electric vehicles could reduce costs for train commuters, according to the people behind a new project led by the University of Sheffield.

Battery storage facility.
University of Sheffield

Engineers have received £1.5m in funding for a new battery energy storage project that could mean more efficient and cheaper trains.  

The TransEnergy project will work with National Rail to investigate how battery storage could be used to power our railways at busy periods.

Engineers will study whether batteries from electric vehicles parked at train stations could supplement the system, with commuters getting free parking in exchange.

The Queen at 90: Your photos of Her Majesty in Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Tomorrow, the Queen turns 90, and to celebrate we want you to send us any photos you may have of her visits to Yorkshire.

Have a look at the video below - it might just jog your memory. We'll then pick the best to make a montage that will air on BBC Look North.

If you have any pictures you'd like to share, you can email them to us. So why not dust off those photo albums and get looking?

New Sheffield guidebook is love letter to the city

Sheffield Star

Sheffield - the steel city, home to the world-famous Crucible, a city of seven hills and the birthplace of the Arctic Monkeys. But a new guidebook, billed as a love letter to Sheffield, has been produced to showcase the hidden gems the city has to offer - the businesses and attractions off the beaten track.

The Front Parlour
Sheffield Star

Health benefits of seaweed explored at Sheffield Hallam University

Healthy eating is on the menu at Sheffield Hallam University today - it's their 12th annual Nutrition Fair.


The health benefits of seaweed and how to make nutritious meals on a budget are just some of the items at the event.

You can find some recipes for cooking with seaweed here.

Doncaster Council overcoming shortfall in social workers

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Social work bosses in Doncaster say they're making efforts to attract more people to the profession. 

Child sitting on bed
Science Photo Library

National figures this morning show that one in five social work posts in Children's Services departments across the country are vacant

Criticism of social workers in high profile cases in places like Doncaster are said to have contributed to the shortage. 

But Mark Douglas, from Doncaster Council, says the authority's offering a really good working environment for new social workers.

It's recognised by our staff as being very supportive. Our newly qualified staff report it's assisting them to develop the skills they need for what's a very, very critical role. Because of that, we have over the last 10-11 months been very successful in attracting a large number of new staff into Doncaster."

Mark DouglasDoncaster Council

Industrial steam locomotive rediscovered in convent shed

An industrial steam engine last used to haul coal in Yorkshire in the 1970s has been "rediscovered" at a convent in the east of England.

Nene Valley Railway

It was thought the 1929 locomotive, called "Newstead", had been scrapped.

However, it had been saved by an enthusiast who had it restored and then built a small track and shed at a convent near his home, where it remained for almost 30 years.

Newstead - a Hunslet 16-inch saddle tank design - was used to transport coal at Woolley Colliery, on the border of South and West Yorkshire, before being purchased by vintage vehicle collector Malcolm Saul in the late 70s.  

Soak up the sun in the beautiful landscape on our doorstep...

Amy Nagy

BBC Radio Sheffield

...That's what Keith Bown's been doing and he's sent us this tweet of some of the photos he took out at Froggatt:

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If you've got a photo of stunning South Yorkshire that you're particularly proud of, please share it with us.