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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 27 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

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back with more updates for South Yorkshire from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Scroll down the page for full coverage of the events of the day in the region, including more on the main story. 

South Yorkshire's Chief Constable David Crompton has been suspended following his response to the Hillsborough inquests verdict.

David Crompton

Police chief's suspension down to 'Erosion of public trust and confidence'

Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has been suspended in the wake of the Hillsborough inquest findings.

Immediately after the jury's conclusions, David Crompton admitted his force got the policing of the match "catastrophically wrong" and "unequivocally" accepted the conclusions.

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said he had no choice but to suspend the chief constable "based on the erosion of public trust and confidence".

Weather: Showers dying out, cold with minimum temperature -1C

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's felt more like winter than spring today.

This was the scene in Doncaster earlier...

Doncaster snow

Heavy showers dying out becoming dry with clear periods. Minimum temperature -1C (30F) with icy patches on untreated surfaces.

A few showers possible tomorrow, but there will be more sunshine about.

Full weather report on BBC Look North with me from 18:30. 

Weather graphic

Hillsborough: What's next?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

After more then two years of evidence, the Hillsborough inquests jurors presented their conclusions, which included that of 'unlawful killing'.

Hillsborough 15th April 1989

Operation Resolve is investigating the causes of the disaster including the events on the day and those leading up to it.

It is looking at a range of organisations and bodies involved in the preparation and planning of the match.

The IPCC is looking into police actions in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

It is considering offences including perverting the course of justice, perjury, and misconduct in a public office.

Watch: 100 days to Rio - Sheffield based boxer Qais Ashfaq on his journey to the Olympics

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Today marks 100 days until the Olympics in Rio. 

I've been speaking to Sheffield based boxer Qais Ashfaq who's well on his way on the road to Rio and representing Team GB.

Listen: South Yorkshire PCC on his decision to suspend police chief

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton, has been suspended in connection with the Hillsborough disaster. 

Yesterday an inquest jury concluded the victims had been unlawfully killed and the actions of the police had contributed to the tragedy. 

Labour had joined some of the relatives in calling for Mr Crompton to go, saying he had also allowed lawyers for the force to criticise  the fans during the inquest hearings. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, says he was left with 'no choice' following the continued criticism of the force:

Watch: Corbyn on Hillsborough 'lies, smears, cover-ups'

BBC Politics

At Prime Minister's Questions earlier, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged the verdict of the Hillsborough inquest that the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, before both leaders praised the campaign fought over decades by the victims' families.

South Yorkshire Police Chief suspended

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

David Crompton has been the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police for the last four years. During that time he has been at the helm of a force that has faced many questions about past controversies.

There were allegations of assault, misconduct and altering of statements at the Battle of Orgreave during the miners strike in 1984. 

David Crompton

They could not be pursued because of the passage of time. The force failed to adequately tackle serial child sex abuse in Rotherham for nearly twenty years. 

And then Hillsborough - where by the admission of Mr Crompton yesterday, they got policing at the match 'catastrophically wrong'. 

Mistakes which cost 96 lives. 

David Crompton was due to retire in November after a 31 year police career. It's hard to see how he will return to his desk again. 

South Yorkshire PCC makes statement on suspension of police chief

Ed Thomas

BBC News

Sir Alan Billings

South Yorkshire PCC, Sir Alan Billings is making a statement to confirm the suspension - with immediate effect - of Chief Constable, David Crompton.

He's said that he's been left with 'no choice' but to suspend the Chief Constable 

South Yorkshire police chief suspended following response to Hillsborough inquests

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Yesterday, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton made this statement to press. 

Since then, the police chief has been suspended over his response to Hillsborough inquests, the BBC understands. 

South Yorkshire Police chief suspended:Sheffield MP reaction

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Police's chief constable David Crompton has been suspended over his response to Hillsborough, the BBC understands.  

Sheffield Heeley MP, Louise Haigh has tweeted this response to the news: 

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BreakingSouth Yorkshire Police Chief Constable suspended following Hillsborough inquests

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The BBC understands the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, has been suspended in the aftermath of the verdicts of the Hillsborough inquests yesterday.

Listen: Sheffield MP says South Yorks Police need 'support' to implement 'new command team'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The Labour MP Clive Betts was leader of Sheffield Council at the time and was at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster. 

He said the current South Yorkshire Police force would need support to make the major changes that lay ahead:

Yorkshire junior doctors join England's second all-out strike

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Junior doctors here at the Northern General in Sheffield and across Yorkshire have joined England's second all-out strike.

You've been sharing some of your views of the strike on our Facebook page:

Unfortunately nothing will become of the strikes as its just what the Government want, so they can privatise it"

Sandra Conroy Wofinden

It is not affecting care. Consultants, nurses, porters, catering staff are all still in the hospitals. They haven't walked out and turned the light off on the way out. People have still been attending appointments and treatments. I back the Dr's 110%"

Claire Booker

Twenty two deaths from drowning across Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

It's Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Week this week. Fire services and campaign groups are raising awareness of the dangers of water. 

In Yorkshire there have been 22 fatalities, as you'd expect, that number is much higher nationally:

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Hillsborough Inquests 'have not brought closure'

Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

A man who survived the Hillsborough disaster has said the inquest conclusion of unlawful killing cannot bring him closure after 27 years.    

John Davies

John Davies was in the Sheffield stadium when police failures at the turnstiles led to a fatal crush - he suffered three broken ribs and spent two days in hospital.

Mr Davies said he thinks although the truth has been heard, they have still "not had the justice... so I think somebody should be made accountable for their actions on that day." 

Hillsborough: How does it feel to fight for 27 years?

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

For years the families of victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster have been searching for justice, looking to uncover a conspiracy to conceal the truth. 

Now new inquests have concluded the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. 

Read my piece on the background, the battle and the verdicts here: 

How does it feel to fight for 27 years?

Fan wearing Liverpool football shirt saying never ever forget 96
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Hillsborough 15th April 1989

Shadow Home Secretary calls for 'fundamental reform' of South Yorkshire Police

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

In response to the Home Secretary's comments on the Hillsborough inquests in the House of Commons, the Shadow Home Secretary has made a speech.

Andy Burnham says South Yorkshire Police still have the same problems they did 27 years ago:

Shadow Home Secretary: 'South Yorkshire Police chief should go'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Andy Burnham has asked Home Secretary Theresa May if she agrees that the position of the South Yorkshire Chief Constable is "untenable".

Andy Burnham
BBC / House of Commons

This force hasn't learned and hasn't changed. I don't blame the ordinary police officers who did their very best on that day but I do blame their culture which seems rotten to the core."

Andy BurnhamLabour MP

Disappointment over South Yorkshire Police reaction to Hillsborough verdict

BBC Politics

Home Secretary Theresa May says she is "disappointed" by remarks made by South Yorkshire Police since the Hillsborough inquest verdict was announced.

Theresa May
House of Commons

She urged the force to recognise the jury's verdict. While the force must get on with the day to day job of policing it must also look at what the verdicts show; recognise the truth and accept it, she said.

Mrs May was responding to Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris' concern about the culture of South Yorkshire Police. He said comments on the force website showed it "still hasn't learned all the lessons from that tragedy".

Listen: Sheffield Steelers' Mustukovs - 'It's great to be back in Sheffield'

Peter Spencer


The Sheffield Steelers have made a double-signing this morning.

Latvian netminder Ervins Mustukovs has returned to the Steelers six years after leading the club to the 2010-11 Elite League title.

As well as returning to the Steelers for a second spell, the 32-year-old has previously worked with head coach Paul Thompson in Denmark.

Steelers head coach Thompson has also confirmed that Mustukovs will be partnered by the returning goalie Brad Day next season.

Listed Walkley Library in Sheffield to house bar

Part of a Grade II-listed library in Sheffield will become a cafe bar under plans approved by the council.


The Walkley Library building, on the corner of South Road, will continue to house a library.

But True North Brew Company, which owns several pubs in the city including the York in Broomhill, plans to renovate and extend the 1904 building to accommodate a bar.

The plans were passed by Sheffield City Council on Monday.

Government office move from Sheffield to London under spotlight

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Permanent Secretary of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Martin Donnelly, is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee later.

The BIS office in Sheffield is to close by January 2018 in a bid to cut costs. 

Up to 250 jobs are at risk.

Weather: Sunny spells and wintry showers

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see sunny spells and showers, with the showers likely to be heavy and possibly wintry.

They'll merge into longer spells of rain/sleet/snow at time.

Maximum temperature of about 8C (46F) with a light northwest wind.

Weather forecast

Watch: What yesterday's verdict means for Liverpool

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

We know that the Hillsborough inquests verdict means a lot of questions and soul searching in South Yorkshire. 

The jury concluded that the police, the ambulance service and the club which held the football match, Sheffield Wednesday, contributed in part to the supporters' unlawful killings.

But what does the verdict mean for people on Merseyside? 

Watch here: 

Criminal prosecutions to be decided by CPS

BBC Politics

Mrs May said no one should impute criminal liability to anyone while ongoing investigations are pending.

The decision about whether any criminal prosecutions can be brought forward will be determined by the CPS. "I can't comment in detail on matters that may lead to a criminal investigation."

But these offices could include gross negligence, manslaughter and perjury.

Theresa May: Hillsborough statement to the House of Commons

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the Commons that the #Hillsborough families deserve credit for 'never giving up'.

Theresa May says the verdict of the inquest yesterday overturned the previous verdict in the starkest way. 

Home Secretary repeats Hillsborough inquests verdict to Parliament

House of Commons


As Prime Minister's questions draw to a close, Home Secretary Theresa May is giving a statement on yesterday's Hillsborough inquest verdict.  

She has said that for the record, she's repeating the jurys verdicts at the Hillsborough inquests.

Theresa May
House of Commons

BreakingThe Times apologises for Hillsborough ommission on today's front page

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The Times newspaper has said it "made a mistake" with the front page of its first edition today which did not include any coverage of the Hillsborough inquests, adding that "we fixed it for the second edition".

Front page of the paper
The Tiimes

South Yorkshire Police release further Hillsborough statement

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Police have just release this second statement in light of the Hillsborough inquests verdict: 

South Yorkshire Police HQ

We have been asked about our conduct at the Inquests. The Coroner himself gave a clear ruling that specifically addresses the relationship between apologies and evidence at the Inquests. He ruled that to admit the previous 2012 apology by the Chief Constable into proceedings would be ‘wrong’ and ‘highly prejudicial.’ He also ruled that the conduct of SYP during the Inquests was not inconsistent with this earlier apology. The force has taken careful note of the Coroner’s comments during the Inquests and has sought to be open and transparent at all stages. It is important to remember that Inquests are not about guilt, liability or blame, but about establishing the facts. The intention throughout these proceedings has been to assist the jury understand the facts. We have never sought, at any stage, to defend the failures of SYP or its officers. Nevertheless, these failures had to be put into the context of other contributory factors. In other words, where do the failings of SYP stand in the overall picture? We are sorry if our approach has been perceived as at odds with our earlier apology, this was certainly not our intention."

South Yorkshire Police

Jeremy Corbyn praises dignity of Hillsborough campaigners

House of Commons


Jeremy Corbyn has praised families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, saying the families "finally received the justice they were entitled to". 

He welcomes what he says was the PM's apology for the actions of past government and praises the "dignity and steadfastness" of the victims' families. He calls for all those behind "the lies, smears and cover-ups" to be held to account.   

Jeremy Corbyn
House of Commons

Home Secretary to make statement in Parliament on Hillsborough findings

BBC Politics

Home Secretary Theresa May will make a statement in Parliament later after a jury concluded that failures by the police and ambulance service contributed to the loss of life at Hillsborough in 1989.

Watch on Prime Minister's Questions on BBC Parliament.

Theresa May

Prime Minister praises Hillsborough families

House of Commons


David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron opened Prime Minister's Questions with praise for the Hillsborough families' "courage, patience and resolve".  

BBC News Assistant Political Editor, Norman Smith during Prime Minister's Questions has tweeted this:  

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Tour de Yorkshire fever hotting up in Doncaster

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Le Tour de Yorkshire comes to Doncaster on Saturday with stage two of the race from Otley to Doncaster.  

One thing's fore sure, Doncaster is cycle-ready!

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Headlines: Tree-felling campaign fails in High Court and events to remember victims of Hillsborough planned this afternoon

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

  • The effort to block a council tree-felling scheme in Sheffield has failed in the High Court
  • Events to remember the victims of the Hillsborough disaster will be held in Liverpool this afternoon -- a day after fresh inquests concluded they'd been unlawfully killed. Many relatives and survivors have called for those responsible to be prosecuted
  • A woman whose teenage son drowned in a Rotherham lake is backing a campaign to warn others of the dangers of water

Watch: Rotherham woman backs water safety campaign after son drowns

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A mum whose teenage son drowned in a Rotherham lake is backing a campaign to warn others of the dangers of water. 

15 year old Phillip Law died after being pulled out of Manvers Lake in 2010. 

In the last five years 22 people have drowned in Yorkshire, five of those in South Yorkshire. 

Phillip's mum Sam now gives talks to school pupils about water safety.

Campaigners lose High Court battle to stop Sheffield tree felling

The effort to block a council tree-felling scheme in Sheffield has failed in the High Court.  

Council bosses say the programme is essential if Sheffield's 36,000 street trees are to be managed for future generations. They say trees scheduled for felling are dying or diseased, or pose dangers. 

Sheffield tree marked for felling with a 'save me' poster

But protesters objected, and campaigner Dave Dillner, who lives in Sheffield, took legal action. 

He said the council did not fully consult and failed to assess the environmental impact. Council bosses disputed his allegations.

Mr Justice Gilbart lifted the order last month and has now handed down his final judgement.

Tree surgeons on Wayland Road Sheffield

Nothing in (my) judgment is to be read as criticising the residents of Sheffield for seeking to protect the trees in their streets and roads whose presence many of them appreciate so much."

Mr Justice Gilbart

BreakingRuling in dispute over tree-felling programme in Sheffield

A retired actor has lost a High Court battle over Sheffield City Council's tree-felling programme. 

Dave Dillner's fight with the council had been analysed by a judge at a High Court hearing in London in March. 

Mr Justice Gilbart has now dismissed Mr Dillner's bid for a judicial review of council decisions. 

More to follow.

Hillsborough disaster 'will always stay with me', says police officer

BBC Breakfast

Fiona Nicol, who was a police officer at Hillsborugh in 1989, describes how the disaster has impacted her life.  

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Orgreave Campaign 'inspired' by Hillsborough verdicts