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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Good evening: Your live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Scroll down for a full day of coverage from the team across South Yorkshire.

We'll be back with more updates tomorrow. 

Including the latest from court in Warrington, as we bring you the verdicts from the Hillsborough inquest which are due at 11:00.  

Hillsborough scarves
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Weather: Slight frost possible overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Clear spells and some scattered showers, of a wintry nature over the hills.

Minimum temperature 0C (32F) with a slight frost in places. A cold and windy start to tomorrow. 

Full weather report with me on BBC1 Look North tonight 18:30

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Didcot power station: Explosives to be used in demolition

Explosives are to be used to demolish the remaining section of the collapsed Didcot Power Station.

Four workers were killed and five injured in the collapse in February, with one body recovered from the site.

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

Remaining structure at Didcot
Thames Valley Police

The recovery work can only be completed safely once the unstable standing structure has been brought down."

RWE Npower

Headlines: Rotherham abuse gang appeal against convictions and Hillsborough verdict due tomorrow

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

  • Four members of a gang who groomed and abused girls in Rotherham have launched appeals against their convictions
  • The jury at the Hillsborough inquests will tomorrow deliver its decision on whether or not the 96 football fans who died were unlawfully killed
  • Sheffield City Council says it's working as fast as it can to repair a giant hole that's appeared in a road in the city

Watch: We all have bad days... Danny Willett's trick shot on the black

I've just wandered through the Winter Gardens in Sheffield and saw the Masters Champion Danny Willett playing snooker with Dennis Taylor! 

Willett was attempting a trick shot on the black...     

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Want to be involved in preserving Sheffield's war memorials?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

People in Sheffield are being asked to play a part in conserving and protecting local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate World War One.

Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, like this one at Wadsley, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey. 

People are being asked to attend two workshops in Sheffield on May 5 and May 11 to find out more.

Wadsley Bridge war memorial
Sheffield City Council
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If you want to attend a workshop, reserve your free place by visiting or contact

Police appeal after two killed in Barnsley crash

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are appealing for help after two men died in a crash in Barnsley. A lorry and a car collided in Crow Edge. 

Crow Edge
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The driver of the car, a 77-year-old Rotherham man, and a 68-year-old passenger, also from Rotherham, died at the scene. 

Police want to hear from anyone who can help the investigation into the crash last Thursday morning. 

Did you see anything? Call police on 101 quoting incident 296.

Owls' head coach says team have 'no pressure' ahead of Cardiff game

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Wednesday Head Coach Carlos Carvalhal says his team have no pressure as they aim to secure a place in the Championship playoffs. 

A draw against Cardiff will be enough at the weekend.

Here's The Owls' coach speaking after the full time draw against Derby this weekend.

Rotherham abuse gang to appeal against convictions

Pritti Mistry

BBC Local Live

More on the story that four gang members have launched appeals against their convictions for grooming and abusing young girls in Rotherham.

Arshid Hussain(pictured left) was jailed for 35 years while siblings Basharat (pictured centre) and Bannaras (pictured right) were imprisoned for 25 and 19 years respectively.

Arshid and Basharat were found guilty of 38 offences, including rape, indecent assault, abduction, false imprisonment and making threats to kill.

Bannaras pleaded guilty to 10 charges before the trial.

(left to right) Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain
South Yorkshire Police

Qurban Ali was jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to rape.

Associates Karen  MacGregor and Shelly Davies were found guilty of false imprisonment and conspiracy to procure a woman under 21 to become a common prostitute.

MacGregor, who was also convicted of two counts of conspiracy to rape, was jailed for 13 years, while Davies was handed an 18 month suspended term.

Arshid & Basharat Hussain, Qurban Ali & Karen MacGregor have applied to appeal convictions. All three brothers & Ali to appeal to reduce sentences.  

BreakingRotherham grooming gang to appeal against convictions and sentences

Pritti Mistry

BBC Local Live

Four members of a gang who groomed and abused girls in Rotherham have launched appeals against their convictions.

Brothers Arshid Hussain, 40, Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, along with their uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, and Karen MacGregor, 59, were jailed in February.

Arshid, Basharat, Ali and MacGregor have submitted applications for permission to appeal their convictions, the Judicial Office has confirmed.

All three brothers and Ali are also appealing to reduce their sentences.

Cricket: Yorkshire 308-7 v Warwickshire

BBC Sport

It's tea at Edgbaston.

Adil Rashid's half-century has helped Yorkshire to 308-7 and a valuable third batting point. 

Steven Patterson is with him on 30 not out.

For the latest on all the day's cricket, click here.

Adil Rashid
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Watch: British Home Stores - from Brixton to bust

BBC Business Live

Staff at British Home Stores, including those in South Yorkshire, have been told the company has gone into administration, putting 11,000 jobs at risk.

But what's gone wrong for the High Street stalwart? 

Here's a history from the 1928 opening in Brixton, to bust: 

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: Your week in Politics

BBC Sunday Politics

Here's the week in politics in 60 seconds from the Sunday Politics team:

Watch: Sheffield sink hole from the scene

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Sheffield City Council have promised to fix the sink hole on Hutcliffe Wood Road, Millhouses as soon as possible.

The hole appeared yesterday near Archer Road, to the surprise of local residents... 

Hillsborough inquests: Jury reaches decision on unlawful killing question

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Jurors have reached a majority decision on whether the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed.  

Their conclusions will be formally returned tomorrow morning.

We'll have full coverage of the verdict on this page from 11:00.

Scene from Hillsborough disaster

Listen: RUFC Chairman confident of manager's future at club

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart has told me "there's a strong chance Neil Warnock will be with us next season"

Listen to the full interview here:  

BBC Radio Sheffield's Bernie Clifton's 'impossible dream' becomes almost impossible

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

The name Bernie Clifton to many means only one thing - the man on the ostrich.

Judge Ricky Wilson, Bernie Clifton and his ostrich
Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC

But after a surprise appearance on The Voice (he's pictured above with judge Ricky Wilson) he has decided to release an album of ballads. 

But not everything has gone to plan. 

The CDs have come back from the printers with the track listing for a heavy metal band as you can see here...

'Very sad': Sheffield shoppers react to BHS administration news

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I've been at BHS in Sheffield today, where staff and customers have heard that the company's filed for administration

Shoppers have been giving their reaction to the news:

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Watch: Doncaster goes Donco for the Tour de Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

What do you mean you've never heard of Doncaster's Donco?

With the head of a duck, the leg of a horse and the tail of a fox, The Big Donco is 15ft tall has been built in honour of Doncaster.

Each part of the animal was created by a different community in Doncaster - but it'll only be revealed in the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations on Saturday...

Doncaster gets ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Next weekend the Tour de Yorkshire comes to Doncaster. 

Full details of the stage two route through South Yorkshire here

It seems the town's already caught the TDY fever.

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Sheffield sink hole: Investigations begin

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Investigations have started into what caused a large sink hole to open up in a road in Sheffield. 

The hole appeared yesterday in the Millhouses area of the city, on Hutcliffe Wood Road, near Archer Road. 

Businesses in the area are open as usual. 

More on BBC Look North on BBC1 at 13:30  

Hutcliffe Wood Road area
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Watch: British Home Stores goes into administration

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

One of Britain's staples of the High Street, BHS is to file for administration

Here's my report from the store on Sheffield's The Moor:

Headlines: 'Majority verdict' to be accepted at Hillsborough inquest and Rotherham Didcot workers to be recovered in controlled explosion

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

  • The coroner at the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster has told the jury this morning that he will accept a majority verdict on whether the 96 victims were unlawfully killed 
  • There's to be a controlled explosion at Didcot power station before the bodies of three missing men are removed. Two of the men are from Rotherham
  • Sheffield is to host another Sky Ride event in July. This will be the third time the streets of the city centre will be closed to traffic for the British Cycling event

Hillsborough verdict expected tomorrow morning

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The forewoman of the jury at the Hillsborough inquests says at least seven of them have reached a conclusion on whether the 96 victims were unlawfully killed or not. 

The conclusions will be formally returned tomorrow at 11:00. 

Joe Root to return to Sheffield as cricket ambassador

BBC Sport

He's back!

England cricketer Joe Root is returning to the place where it all started for him today. 

The batsman will be at Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club this morning as Root becomes the latest ambassador for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

Joe Root
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Planned controlled explosion at Didcot to recover bodies of South Yorkshire workers

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The owners of Didcot power station have confirmed the remaining part of the boiler house will be demolished as part of the effort to recover three missing workers buried under the rubble.  

The families of those who are missing have been told that this is now the plan.

Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea are still missing in the rubble.

RWE Npower has insisted work to recover the bodies of the missing workmen at Didcot power station is continuing seven days a week.   

Didcot power station

We also understand that any potential work involving further explosive demolition on site causes distress for the families. Having explored other manual options, our experts have made it clear that the quickest and safest way to bring the building down is by controlled explosive demolition, using a methodology such that it ensures the remaining structure falls away from the current debris pile."

RWE Npower

Sheffield sink hole: Excavations begin

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Excavators have been brought in to examine what caused sink hole to open up on Huntcliffe Wood Road, Millhouses, Sheffield.

Excavators at Sheffield sink hole

Doncaster shoplifting: Do you know this person?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

CCTV of shoplifter
South Yorkshire Police

This person is wanted for shoplifting in the Armthorpe area. Know who they are? Call 101. 

Hillsborough Inquests: Majority decision explained

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The coroner at the Hillsborough Inquests has told the jury he will accept a majority decision on the question of whether the 96 who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed. 

Images of the 96 victims of Hillsborough disaster

Sir John Goldring said he would accept a decision in which at least seven agree and no more than two of the jury disagree.

The jury has been deliberating for nine full days since retiring on 6 April

The jurors are filling in a 14-section questionnaire, which asks if various factors contributed to the disaster on 15 April 1989. 

They have reached unanimous conclusions for 13 of the questions but have not been able to decide on an answer to question six, which asks if the 96 were unlawfully killed.

BHS: Staff updated on future of high street chain

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I'm at British Home Stores in Sheffield, where staff are being told officially that it's going into administration

John Hannett, general secretary of the shopworkers' union Usdaw, says the apparent demise of BHS is "devastating" for staff.  

BHS Sheffield

BreakingHillsborough: Majority decision will be accepted

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The coroner at the Hillsborough inquests tells the jury he'll accept a majority decision on the question of whether the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. 

The jury has now retired again. 

Sheffield sink hole: Road to be closed for 'some time'

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

I'm at Hutcliffe Wood Road in Sheffield, where investigators have told me the road in Millhouses will be closed for some time as investigations continue.

The sink hole is thought to be up to 6 metres deep.


Contractors are on site and people living in the area have been telling me they suspect old mine workings could be to blame.  

Hutcliffe Wood Road

Headlines: Sheffield Shoppers react to BHS woes and contractors attempt to fix sink hole

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • Sheffield shoppers say they're shocked British Home Stores is going into administration. Representatives from BHS have told the BBC the company will be placed into administration today
  • Council contractors in Sheffield are trying to work out how to fix a huge hole that's opened up in Hutcliffe Wood Road
  • Sheffield based charity The Long Well Walk is challenging the public to drink only water for one week in their Help Hydrate challenge

Skyride in Yorkshire this summer

Clare Frisby

BBC Look North, presenter

Four Yorkshire cities are to host Sky Ride cycle events this summer. 

Roads around Sheffield,  Bradford, Leeds and York city centres will be closed for several hours as people of all ages cycle on a traffic-free route. 

Sheffield's will take place on Sunday 3rd July.


Thousands of people take part in the British Cycling events, which also include music and entertainment  

Watch: The beginning of the end for another High Street favourite?

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I'm at British Home Stores on the Moor in Sheffield, where another High Street retailer  is expected to bite the dust. 

BHS will announce it's going into administration at 11:00 today. The move puts 11,000 jobs at risk across the country. 

We'll have more coverage this morning on BBC Radio Sheffield

BHS on the Moor

So what's gone wrong with BHS? And would shoppers miss it? 

This is what shoppers on one high street have had to say...

Listen: The Great Big Donco at Le Tour in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

What has the head of a duck, the leg of a horse and the tail of a fox? 

It's 15ft tall and it's called The Big Donco - a creature being built in honour of Doncaster which will go on display at the Tour de Yorkshire this weekend. 

Artist Dan Jones from Right Up Our Street came up with the idea:

Weather: A bit more like winter than spring

BBC Weather

Snow showers for some today. 

Not all that bad for others with sunny spells:

Weather graphic

But feeling more like winter than spring:  

Weather graphic

Hutcliffe Wood Road hole: Traffic problems in the area

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The hole in the road is causing delays to traffic in the Abbeydale Road area of Sheffield this morning.

Here's a round up of some of the issues:

Hutcliffe Wood Road Closed
Hutcliffe Wood Road
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Watch: Hutcliffe Wood Road hole

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm reporting from Hutcliffe Wood Road this morning, where a massive hole has closed the road to traffic.

Contractors are here and assessing the problem.

You've been leaving your comments on our Facebook page:

Archer Road and Hutcliffe Wood Road are THE worst roads in Sheffield, easy!! Council need to pull their fingers out and instead of patching the things up every time a pothole appears, get it resurfaced, the road surface is horrendous on both of these roads!!"

Chloe Elizabeth Hill

Don't think the council have a sensible plan in repairing roads, I mean why redo Fraser Road and leave archer road out, a case of throwing darts at a map and seeing what road to do next based on where the dart lands."

Andrew Cupitt

You could see it starting to appear last Saturday and it's got worse and worse since then, the council should have paid attention then instead of just spraying a line round it and leaving it until it's collapsed. Will be a nightmare in the morning with Monday traffic."

Laura Andrews

Weather: A cloudy start, rain later

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a mostly dry, though rather cloudy start we should see some bright spells before cloud increases and a band of showers arrives from the north towards midday

Feeling cold with a high of 11C.