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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 7 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it until 08:00 tomorrow for your live updates. But I leave you with a glorious picture of Hardwick Hall bathed in golden sunshine at the end of a rainbow. It was taken by Mrs Chris Eyre from Lower Pilsley. Please do send in your stories and photos

Hardwick Hall
Chris Eyre

Weather: Staying dry this evening with clear spells overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Turning chilly through the evening, especially in rural locations, as any remaining showers soon die away to leave clear spells with light winds. Cloud will thicken from the northwest through the early hours.

Hourly forecast

Sheffield police increase patrols in Handsworth after woman attacked

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police are trying to find a teenager who attacked a woman in her 40s in the Handsworth area of Sheffield yesterday morning.

The victim was walking through some fields, close to Grange Lane at 11:15 when a man in his late teens attempted to sexually assault her. 

He was disturbed by a member of the public walking nearby and ran off into some nearby woods. Police say it was a highly traumatic incident for the victim and they're now carrying out patrols in the area.

Watch: Thousands of ordinary cyclists enjoy sportive race linked to Tour de Yorkshire

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

Thousands of people turned out to line the route and watch the professionals in action during the Tour de Yorkshire. But nearly 3,000 amateur cyclists didn't want to just stand and stare. They took part in a sportive on many of the same roads that the professionals raced on.

Latest Headlines: New interim leader appointed for South Yorkshire Police and printing company folds

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Watch: Parents in Sheffield hold alternative education day in protest at tests

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Groups of parents in South Yorkshire have been keeping children off school today to raise concerns about the impact of primary tests, so-called Sats. The tests are taken by seven-year-olds and 11-year-olds and are being made more stretching with changes to the curriculum.  

Mums and Dads in Sheffield have been holding alternative education days in the city parks

Orgreave campaigners call for swift decision from the Home Secretary

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

In the wake of the Hillsborough verdicts the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign is calling for the Home Secretary Theresa May to reach an urgent decision on a public inquiry into policing at the coking plant in June 1984.

Stickers demanding an inquiry have started appearing in Barnsley and other parts of South Yorkshire.

Sticker for Orgreave campaign
Joe Hill

OTJC Chair, Joe Rollin, said hope and expectations are running high in mining communities:

Orgreave remains an essential part of the background to Hillsborough and it is imperative that it is fully investigated if trust in the police is to be rebuilt. We are now waiting to meet the Home Secretary for the second time and urge her to decide that there must be a full inquiry into Orgreave. "

Blades manager starts planning next season

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The planning for next season has already begun at Sheffield United, according to manager Nigel Adkins. 

Nigel Adkins

With one game to play, the Blades cannot make the end of season playoffs. Adkins believes it's a work in progress at Bramall Lane and says they need to learn from the current campaign:  

From my point of view I've just got to keep building. I don't want to be dreaming about the playoffs, I want to be dreaming about being in the top two. We've fallen short this season and what we've got to do is make sure we give ourselves the opportunity to start the next season well and then take it from there."

Nigel AdkinsManager Sheffield United

Printing firm with Sheffield base goes into administration

Polestar UK, a printing firm with a large operation in Sheffield has gone into administration. The factory which is based on Shepcote Lane in Tinsley, prints a range of magazines.

Polestar Sheffield

Watch: new chief constable takes temporary charge of South Yorkshire Police

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

South Yorkshire Police has appointed a new interim chief constable. Dave Jones, the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire is now taking over for the time being. Alan Billings, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire made the announcement this morning. Dave Jones told a press conference he'll try to reach out to the community, as well as rebuild morale among his officers:

Dave Jones takes temporary charge of South Yorkshire Police

Hillsborough: Parents return to the ground where their girls died

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sisters Sarah and Vicki Hicks were among the 96 people who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster and their parents have re-united to go back to the spot where they died.

Sarah and Vicki Hicks

The girls, aged 15 and 19, travelled to the match with their parents, Trevor and Jenni.

Trevor and Jenni have now returned to the stadium together for the first time since the disaster to recount that terrible day. Jenni said:

The last time we were at that ground together was obviously the day of the Hillsborough disaster. Then we split up a couple of years later. Sadly, our marriage broke down because of all the stresses and strains of it. So you never really had the opportunity to talk about it in such great detail and that's what going back together did."

Hillsborough: Trevor & Jenni's Journey will be broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside on Tuesday 3 May at 19:00 BST.

Lamb and ewe attacks reported in Sheffield

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police is reminding dog owners to keep their pets on leads while around livestock after officers in Sheffield have had calls about newborn lambs being bitten and pregnant ewes being chased by loose dogs. 

Ewe with lamb

Police Constable Matt Duffy, a wildlife crime officer, said:  

We’ve had reports that some dog owners are challenging farmers who are asking for dogs to be put back on leads, so I’d like to advise those owners that you could face prosecution if your dog injures, kills or worries a sheep. It’s also worth bearing in mind that within the law, farmers can shoot any animal attacking their livestock. Please do not take that risk.”

Police Constable Matt Duffy

Sheffield park protest at primary school tests

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Groups of parents in South Yorkshire have been keeping their children off school today in a protest about tests for six and seven year olds. 

Banners from anti-sats demonstration
Kate Jacob

More than 40,000 parents have signed a petition calling for a boycott of primary school tests, which are due to be taken later this month. The Education Minister, Nick Gibb, says they're important for improving standards but some parents say they are stressful and held an alternative education day in Endcliffe Park instead.

Protest in Encliffe Park, Sheffield
Kate Jacob

German stem cell doner travels to Sheffield to meet the man whose life she saved

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I got to tell an international story on the show today about a man called Mark Ritson from Sheffield, and a woman from Germany, Jacqueline Harfmann. They only met for the first time recently, but they already shared something rather special, she had saved his life.

Jacqueline Harfmann and Mark Ritson
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mark was diagnosed in 2008 with severe aplastic anaemia, a rare blood disease that means the bone marrow does not produce enough platelets or red and white blood cells.

Mark said he had feared that his anonymous donor would not want to go ahead with a second donation after a first transplant failed. But Jacqueline said she had no doubts.

“After the first transplant I was so full of hope that everything would be fine. I thought about it almost all the time. Then they told me it had failed, but there was a possibility to donate again and give it another try.They said I could think about it, but I was sure in that very second that I wanted to try. I didn’t want to let him down.”

New South Yorkshire police chief taking 'fundamental review' of force

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The new interim Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, has promised to undertake a "fundamental review" of the force which was severely criticised in the Hillsborough inquests. 

Alan Billings and Dave Jones
Alan Billings and Dave Jones (right)

Dave Jones was appointed today by the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, Alan Billlings. The interim Chief Constable said he will meet his workforce as soon as possible. 

He also said he wants to speak to representatives of the Hillborough families and campaigners trying to get an investigation into policing at the Orgreave coking plant during the miners' strike. 

I do not underestimate the issue of concern that the public have raised, that the families have raised in relation to things that have happened both in South Yorkshire and across the police service. "

Dave JonesSouth Yorkshire Police Interim Chief Constable

Ferguson 'ready for challenge' at Doncaster Rovers

BBC Sport

Darren Ferguson has told BBC Radio Sheffield Sport he fully expects to still be in charge of Doncaster at the start of next season.

Fleetwood's defeat at Walsall yesterday means Rovers are three points from safety with one game to play and with a much inferior goal difference. 

But despite being at the helm as Rovers went down, Ferguson says the board still backs him.

We've had good discussions and I'll be ready for the challenge. The board have been great. It's a really good club and I'm never going to change my mind on that."

Darren FergusonManager, Doncaster Rovers

Have you seen missing Barbara from Doncaster?

South Yorkshire police are concerned about a woman in Doncaster who has gone missing and is prone to blackouts.

Barbara Brett
South Yorkshire Police

Fifty-year-old Barbara Brett was last seen at about 22:30 last night by her son at her home on East Avenue in Woodlands.

At about 06:00 this morning he realised his mother was missing and had taken only her coat with her.

Investigating Officer Sgt Rebecca Richardson said they are particularly concerned about her welfare because of ongoing health problems: 

She is prone to blackouts and recently suffered a head injury during a car accident. As a result, her family is understandably concerned about her well-being and where she could be. If anyone has seen Barbara or has information about where she could be, please contact 101 immediately quoting incident 140 of May 3 2016."

Sgt Rebecca Richardson

Trevor and Jenni Hicks make emotional return to Hillsborough

A father whose teenage daughters were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster has said he always thought his former wife blamed him for not looking after them properly. 

Their marriage broke down under the strain of dealing with the deaths of the daughters Sarah and Vicki who were crushed at the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough ground.

Trevor and Jenni Hicks

During a programme broadcast tonight on BBC Radio Merseyside Trevor and Jenni retrace the steps they took on April 15 1989. Jenni says: 

To have Trevor take me around and show me approximately where he was standing on the day, his movements, where the girls were, it really completed a picture for me. There was this strong need from Trevor to show me. I could see it must have been cathartic for him as well."

Jenni Hicks

Trevor said: "One of our difficulties was, I always thought Jenni blamed me for not looking after them properly." Jenni replied:

Strangely enough I never did. People automatically think that for some reason but I've never, ever - hand on heart. It's never even entered my head to have blamed you. I never, ever have and still don't."

Jenni Hicks

Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon with isolated showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Sunny spells and scattered showers, with a chance of some heavy showers in places. Later the showers will gradually become lighter and isolated, as long sunny periods develop. Breezy but gradually the wind will ease.

Tonight becoming chilly, especially in rural locations, as any remaining showers soon die away to leave clear spells with light winds.

Hourly forecast

Chief Constable of North Yorkshire to run South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police has appointed its second interim chief in a week, after the fall-out from the Hillsborough inquests.

North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones steps in after David Crompton's suspension in the wake of a jury verdict the 96 victims died unlawfully. 

Dave Jones
North Yorkshire Police

Mr Crompton's initial replacement, deputy Dawn Copley stood down after her appointment was criticised.

Mrs Copley had been investigated over her conduct with another force

Latest Headlines: New South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable appointed and bid for Tata's UK plants

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

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

BreakingAnother week, another leader for South Yorkshire's embattled police force

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has appointed a new interim Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, after a week of criticism and turmoil for the leadership of the force.

Alan Billings

Dave Jones, the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, has assumed command of South Yorkshire Police and is expected to return to North Yorkshire once a permanent Chief Constable is appointed this summer.

Last week, David Crompton was suspended from leading South Yorkshire Police in the wake of the Hillsborough Inquests. The next day, the woman appointed to take over the role, Dawn Copley resigned, after it emerged she was being investigated over her conduct with another force.

Stem cell transplant patient in Sheffield meets life-saving donor

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Meet the father-of-two in Sheffield who underwent two stem cell transplants and opened his home to the donor who saved his life following a battle with aplastic anaemia. 

Mark Ritson with family and donor Jacqueline Harfmann
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mark Ritson (right) and family with donor Jacqueline Harfmann (left)

Today I've been chatting to Mark Ritson from Fulwood, who met Jacqueline Harfmann from Germany; the woman who twice donated her stem cells to Mark after a worldwide search for a match. 

Jacqueline has been staying at Mark’s house with his family, and even visited the haematology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where he underwent the transplants.

Mark told me the impact of what she'd done took a day or two to sink in:

“ At first I was quite British about it, not wanting to be too emotional, but by the time she left we were hugging and had become good friends. You can’t choose the person who is your donor, but if I could I would have chosen Jacqueline.”

Mark Ritson

Sheffield retains world snooker: Your Views

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A deal has been agreed to keep the world's biggest snooker tournament in Sheffield. The crucible hosted the final of the World Championships last night. 

Balls on snooker table

The sport's governing body and Sheffield Council have announced the event will stay in the city until at least 2027. Next year will mark the tournament's 40th anniversary at the Crucible. There's been delighted reaction on BBC Radio Sheffield's Facebook Page:

Can't imagine the atmosphere being the same or watching it anywhere else!"

Zoe Fedak

Great news love having the snooker on the TV and in Sheffield for the near future."

Antony May

Just proves money doesn't rule everything. Well done Barry Hearn and Sheffield"

Christopher Wintle

Would hate it to go on any other broadcaster. It wouldn't be the same."

Sonia Wilson

Jamie Vardy's former club in Sheffield celebrates his win

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Jamie Vardy may be riding high after winning the Premier League with Leicester City but at the club where it all began for him in Sheffield, they're hoping he'll pay them a visit.

Jamie Vardy

The 29-year-old began his career with Stocksbridge Park Steels and his manager there in 2007 and 2008 Gary Morrow says the player's roots in South Yorkshire are putting the club on the map:  

It's fantastic for all the clubs that he's played for to see somebody that's come through the ranks to win the Premiership and play for England. It gives a lot of youngsters hope really."

Gary Morrow

Parents in South Yorkshire protest over primary school tests

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Groups of parents across South Yorkshire are keeping their children off school for the day in a protest about primary tests in England.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says taking pupils out of school "even for a day is harmful to their education". 

Pupils writing in exercise books

Parents supporting the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign have complained of a damaging culture of over-testing with new tests for six and seven-year-olds. Ruth explained why she is keeping her child off school:

I feel that the curriculum has been narrowed down over the last two terms in preperation for the Sats. The creative subjects are just being put on the back burner, it's not a healthy learning environment for the children."

Latest Headlines: South Yorkshire parents keep children off school in test protest and Liberty House bids to buy Tata

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

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

Civic reception tonight for Doncaster Belles

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

There is a Civic Reception for Doncaster Rovers Belles football team at The Mansion House this evening from 18:30. 

Doncaster Belles at practice

The event is to honour the Belles' sporting achievements following last season's promotion from the Women's Super League two, up to the top division.  

Missing Doncaster teenager: Have you seen Robbie?

Police in Doncaster are asking if you have seen 16-year-old Robbie Archer who's now been missing for a week. 

Robbie Archer
South Yorkshire Police

Robbie was last seen on Tuesday 26 April at about 14:30 BST, when he left his home address in Belle Vue Avenue.He was reported missing on Thursday and PC Phil Adkin said:

It is not unusual for Robbie to spend time at a friend’s house, but we, along with his family, are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. I would ask anyone who has seen or heard from Robbie, or who may know here he is, to call us on 101 quoting incident number 785 of 28 April 2016."

PC Phil Adkin

Sheffield's Crucible retains World Snooker for another 11 years

The Snooker World Championship will continue to be staged in Sheffield until at least 2027.

The event has been played at the city's Crucible Theatre since 1977. 

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearne said: 

The Crucible is where we come from, there's the history, that's where the deal's for. The deal is with the Crucible Theatre as well as Sheffield City Council."

Barry HearneWorld Snooker chairman

A new deal has also been announced keeping snooker on the BBC.

Snooker table at Crucible
Chris Downer/Geograph

First bid put in for Tata Steel's UK plants

Commodities trading firm Liberty House has confirmed it will put in a formal bid to buy Tata Steel's UK assets which include two plants in South Yorkshire. 

Tata Steel sign, Stocksbridge
Terry Robinson/ Geograph

The firm, headed by Sanjeev Gupta, was first to express an interest after the Indian conglomerate announced the shock decision to dispose of its loss making UK business. Around 2,300 people work at the specialist steel plants at Rotherham and Stocksbridge  

 A spokesman said Liberty is planning to submit a letter of intent to Tata and has put together an internal transaction team and team of external advisers to take the bid forward. A management buyout team is also planning to submit a bid under the name Excalibur Steel UK Limited. 

Sheffield's Jamie Vardy named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sheffield's Jamie Vardy has a double reason to celebrate today. His team Leicester achieved the dream of winning the Premier League after starting the season with odds of five thousand to one. The 29-year-old was also chosen as the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Jamie Vardy began his playing career at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Gary Marrow was his boss in 2007 and 2008:

It's a fairytale. What Jamie's achieved is beyond belief at times. He's the life and soul of the dressing room but you get him on that football pitch and he's very driven, very motivated and knows what he wants to do. "

Gary Marrow

RAF confirms loud bangs heard in parts of South Yorkshire were sonic booms

Loud bangs heard in Doncaster last night were sonic booms from Typhoon jets scrambled to identify "an unresponsive civilian aircraft", the RAF has said.

Typhoon jet

The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, and helped guide an Air France plane to a safe landing in Newcastle.

Social media in Doncaster exploded at about 21:50 last night as people in the area went online to share their experiences of the two loud explosions. These were later confirmed to have been sonic booms.

Latest Headlines: Sonic boom heard across region and South Yorkshire parents protest over school tests

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • RAF war planes were scrambled over Yorkshire last night to assist a passenger plane. You may have heard the huge sonic booms as they flew at beyond the sound barrier
  • Protesting parents in South Yorkshire are keeping their children off school today over new Sats tests for six and seven-year-olds they say are too stressful
  • Mark Selby won the world snooker at the Crucible in Sheffield last night

Parents in South Yorkshire protest over Sats tests

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Mums and dads in South Yorkshire are taking their children out of school because they say the tests are making their young children feel like "failures" 

Mum with two children

It's part of a national day of action by parents. In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, they said primary pupils were being asked to learn concepts that may be beyond their capability.

The government said the tests should not cause pupils stress.

Lisa in Doncaster has two children and thinks the testing regime starts far too early:

I don't understand why our government seem to insist on pushing children at an even younger age when we're one of the countries that start formal education at the youngest age. I don't understand why our children are starting tests at six years old where in other countries they haven't even started formal schooling. "

Weather: A chilly but bright start to the day with a high of 12C (54F)

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Sunny spells and scattered showers, with a chance of some heavy showers in places. Later the showers will gradually become lighter and isolated, as long sunny periods develop. Breezy at first, but gradually the wind will ease.  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Hello, it's Kate here bringing you the news, the weather, the sport and everything else this sunny Tuesday, right here until 18:00. 

We'll have news of a sonic boom that freaked out more than a few folk in South Yorkshire, the parents taking children out of lessons today in protest at new Sats tests for six and seven-year-olds. 

And we'll catch up with Jamie Vardy's old manager at Stocksbridge Park Steels, the football club where the much-lauded Leicester player began his career.

To get us off to a cheery start, here's some cherry blossom against a blue sky taken by Alice in Norton. You can send us your photos or stories here.

cherry blossom
alice olugusa