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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. News, weather, travel and sport updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday 9 May

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By Kate Linderholm

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Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Have a lovely weekend. We will be back with more live coverage on Monday at 08:00 so do send us any stories or pictures

If you're getting yourself an ice cream as you enjoy the sunshine this weekend spare a thought for BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Kat Cowan whose dreams of retiring and running an ice cream van were dashed when she couldn't work the equipment.

Kat Cowan in ice cream van

Weather: A dry and warm end to the day

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some clear periods at first tonight but cloud increasing with drizzle possible in some places. Turning misty with a chance of fog by the end of the nigh.

And for the weekend, we can expect hazy sunshine and scattered showers in places tomorrow, some could be heavy. Sunday will be breezy but dry and warm with a high of 22C.

hourly forecast

Latest headlines: Labour leader in Sheffield to celebrate by-election win and Billings re-elected PCC

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

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

Rotherham Council Leader says newly elected councillors bring new attitude

Despite all the shame of the child sex abuse scandal, despite being forced to hand over control to government commissioners, Labour actually gained a seat in Rotherham. 

Rotherham's Labour team

UKIP gained two seats but lost their leader.

Labour's Chris Read is the Leader of Rotherham Council and says the new blood at the council will help them move forward:

People wanted to see new councillors, the whole shebang has changed at the council but it needed to. People knew where we were, we were in a really bad way. There's been big changes and I think they most important thing about the new councillors coming in, they come in with a new attitude. They understand the scale of the challenges that we've faced and they're determined to put it right.

First indications from Barnsley count are all Labour

Three wards have been counted at the Barnsley local elections and all of them have gone Labour's way with strong majorities. 

Former prison officer jailed for relationship with inmate

A former prison officer has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars after an investigation found she was conducting a relationship with a prisoner.

Dawn Sheard

Dawn Sheard, 46, of Barnsley, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 4 May for misconduct in a public office while employed by HMP Doncaster from December 2014 to August 2015.

She began sending the prisoner letters and cards and received nearly 600 calls in two months.

PC Kay Knox, from the prison investigation team, and the investigating officer, said: 

The investigation also discovered that Sheard had engaged in sexual activity with the prisoner while on duty, thus compromising the safety of her colleagues.

Travel: Congestion on A1M northbound at Skellow

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic on A1M northbound between junction 37 and junction 38. 

Sheffield's hole in the road: Your views

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A hole that opened up on Pond Street in Sheffield this morning with steam rising from it has created a surge in social media interest.  

Pond Street steaming hole

And it's prompted plenty of comment today on Facebook:

I love it how there's such fascination around this particular hole in Sheffield just because it's steaming. There's plenty of holes in Sheffield's roads!

Jenny Freeman

Filming steam and living the dream, talking light-hearted of this top Sheffield stream, making folks laugh like Mr Bean, basking up sun - don't forget that sun cream.

Kamran Heppenstall

My dad worked on the polytechnic build years ago down there. Used to say there was a hole so big, they had poured thousands of tonnes of concrete over a period of months, in it, with no sign of it being filled!

Mick Marriot

This is how the Sheffield Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are born.

James Hargreaves

Sheffield introduces new service to help male victims of sexual assault

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

You might be surprised to hear that the number of sex assaults and rapes on men is on the increase. 

Men who have been victims of sexual assault and abuse are now able to receive practical support and free counselling in Sheffield for the first time.

Actor image
Sheffield Council

Three years ago there was no recorded evidence of this kind of offence in the last year there have been seven assualts and five rapes reported on men in Sheffield alone. 

Now a new service has been launched to help as part of Sheffield City Council’s new contract with the Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre to provide support to victims.     

South Yorkshire PCC elections: How votes were cast

Labour's Alan Billings has been elected South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner

He needed 50%+1 to win, he got 51.94%.

Table on votes cast
Barnsley Council

Billings says an inquiry into Orgreave is now 'inevitable'

The new South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has told BBC Look North reporter James Vincent that a full investigation into policing at the Orgreave coking plant in June 1984 is now inevitable.

This is the moment Labour's Alan Billings was returned to the post:

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Whistleblower Jayne Senior elected Labour Councillor in Rotherham

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Among the new Labour councillors elected today in Rotherham is a woman who played a key role in lifting the lid on the child exploitation scandal in the town.

Jayne Senior

Jayne Senior was working as a volunteer at a youth club and helped reveal the pattern of abuse which saw hundreds of children and young people groomed, raped and tortured - over two decades - by groups of men in Rotherham.

Overall there's been little change in the make up of the council with Labour retaining control of the local authority.   

Final results in Rotherham:

  • Labour 48 (+1)
  • UKIP 14 (-2)
  • Independent 1 (-2)
  • Conservative 0 (-1)

New South Yorkshire Police Chief says work life balance is important

The new Interim Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police Dave Jones has been answering questions from the public in his first webchat since being appointed to the force this week.

ICC Dave Jones
North Yorkshire Police

William got in touch to ask how many hours a week the Chief Constable worked and got this answer:  

I haven't worked a full week at SYP yet, so I'll let you know in due course! I do have a young family at home so I need to balance my passion for policing with my passion for my family."

There was a reply from William:  

Well if you have a young family that itself will keep you busy... I hope you can find time to be our Chief Constable too... But I recognise all work and no play makes Dave a grumpy boy."

To which the new ICC answered: "I tend to agree!"

The Desire Project: What do you want?

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been chatting to Les Monaghan who has been out and about with a camera asking people in Doncaster, what do you desire most?

Image from exhibition
Les Monaghan
"I want my loved ones and myself to be happy."

Les wanted to give people in Doncaster the opportunity to ponder a big question and discovered despite our differences we often want the same things.

Image from exhibition
Les Monaghan
"I want us to love each other, no matter your colour or religion."

The exhibition is on at the Frenchgate centre in Doncaster.

Alan Billings is re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire

Labour's candidate for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has retained the role.

That's despite failing to secure an overall majority in Rotherham and Doncaster.

Alan Billings

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Sheffield to congratulate new MP

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been in Sheffield this lunchtime to congratulate the new MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Gill Furniss. 

Gill Furniss and Jeremy Corbyn
Gill Furniss and Jeremy Corbyn

She won the by-election with a majority of more than 9,500, succeeding her late husband Harry Harpham who died from cancer three months ago at the age of 61. 

Jeremy Corbyn told cheering supporters that Harry would have been proud of his wife's achievement:

Fantastic result. This is of course a by-election that none of us wanted. And I think the late Harry would have been very proud that the by-election following his passing gives an even better result for Labour than he achieved himself."

More Sheffield Council results

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

In Sheffield the counts in 17 wards have been completed. There are now 33 Labour councillors, 15 Liberal Democrats and 3 Greens. 

  • Southey - Labour holds 3
  • Beauchief and Greenhill changes from 2 Labour 1 Lib Dem to 3 Lib Dem
  • Stannington - Labour holds 3  

MP's son follows in his dad's footsteps to join Sheffield Council

Kieran Harpham, the son of the late Harry Harpham and the step-son of the new Hillsborough Brightside MP Gill Furniss, has made politics a family business. He's been elected as a Labour councillor in the Sheffield ward of Sharrowvale and Broomhill.

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Sheffield Council leader holds her seat for Labour

Some key results so far in Sheffield. There are three councillor places up for grabs in each ward:

  • Sheffield City - Greens 2, Labour 1
  • Manor Castle - Labour 3 
  • Graves Park - Lib Dem 3
  • Park and Arbourthorne - Council leader Julie Dore holds her seat with 2 other Labour councillors 
  • Fulwood - Lib Dem 3
  • Birley - Labour 3
  • Firth Park - Labour 3

Julie Dore

Rotherham Council: Leader of UKIP group loses his seat

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

After 12 wards have declared in Rotherham - the new council is so far made up of 28 Labour Councillors and 8 UKIP.

Caven Vines, the leader of the UKIP Councillors on Rotherham Council, has lost his seat in Rawmarsh.

Count at Rotherham Council

Snooker World Championship sponsorship extended

Betfred has extended its title sponsorship of the World Championship for an extra two years.

This year’s event finished on Monday with Mark Selby beating Ding Junhui 18-14 in the final to round off a thrilling 17 days at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Mark Selby

This year’s Championship generated incredible viewing figures across the globe and set new records at the box office. And the event is already close to selling out for next year. This year we saw so many dramatic matches, exciting moments and a remarkable standard of play, with the record of 86 century breaks equalled."

Barry HearnWorld Snooker chairman

Barnsley author writes story to raise funds for grieving Penistone mum

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Barnsley author Milly Johnson has written a short story to raise money for Claire Throssell, the mum of two boys who were killed in a fire in Penistone in October 2014. 

Claire and Milly

Lots of people have been helping Claire since the tragedy, including Milly.

Milly's written a new short story "The Barn on Half Moon Hill" which is published as an ebook later this month to raise money to help Claire rebuild her life:

Every penny will go to Claire to help her. Not for any charity she has set up to help others, this money is for her to spend on sofas, curtains, holiday, for the lifetime of the book."

Two thirds of electorate in South Yorkshire didn't bother to vote

Election results are being counted across South Yorkshire.

But two thirds of people didn't vote round here yesterday. 

Ballot boxes

The turnout figures for the police commissioner election show about a third of people voted in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Turnout was lower in Doncaster at only 20%.   

Veolia making safe Sheffield latest 'hole in road'

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A plume of steam is visible from a hole in the road that appeared on Pond Street in Sheffield this morning.

Hole in Road

The energy and waste company Veolia has put out a statement saying the Sheffield district energy network has developed a leak:

Veolia are currently making this safe and are carrying out an emergency isolation. This will have an impact on our heat customers in this area, and these are currently being informed by Veolia. We apologise for the disruption in the area and hope to resolve this as soon as possible."

Latest headlines: Corbyn in Sheffield after by-election win and Doncaster rapist has sentence doubled

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

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

Doncaster rapist has prison sentence increased

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A Doncaster man who imprisoned and raped a woman is to spend twice as long in prison after the Court of Appeal doubled his prison sentence to eight years.

Ryan Gillan, now aged 23, attacked and raped his victim in her home in Doncaster. 

He refused to let her leave and raped her, as well as attacking her by punching her in the face, head butting her, and strangling her.   

Speaking after the hearing, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said:

I referred this sentence to the Court of Appeal as his original jail term fails adequately to reflect the seriousness of the offence and Gillan's culpability."

Weather: Another pleasant day but a bit cloudier than yesterday

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another very pleasant day across South Yorkshire. It will be a little cloudier than yesterday but remaining dry, with further sunny spells this afternoon. Highs of around 19C.

Hourly forecast

Watch: Counting for Rotherham Council elections underway

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

All 63 seats in Rotherham Council are being contested this year after the commission brought in by the government insisted the shamed local authority needed a fresh mandate in the wake of the abuse scandal in the town. 

Local Council Election count underway in Rotherham

Results are expected later this afternoon.

Travel: Delays at Pond Street in Sheffield due to hole in road

BBC Travel

Pond Street partially blocked near the Flat Street junction due to subsidance and steam coming from a hole in the road. Approach with care.

Watch: Steaming hole in Sheffield road

Kat Harbourne

Just after 9am this hole opened on Pond Street in Sheffield city centre. Steaming away like something out of a classic New York film scene.

A steaming hole has appeared on Pond Street in Sheffield

The subsidance has partially blocked the street and is thought to be caused by a fractured heating pipe which serves nearby buildings at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jeremy Corbyn arrives in Sheffield to congratulate Labour's new MP

Watch: Counting underway for South Yorkshire PCC elections

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

Doncaster's Police and Crime Commissioner turnout is significantly lower than the rest of South Yorkshire; 20% percent against an average of 29% across South Yorkshire.

They were only council not to have local elections as well. So people were only turning up to a ballot booth for the PCC. This tells us something about how people feel about the PCC vote.

Whoever wins the candidate has a tough job ahead of them:

Reporter James Vincent at PCC election count in Barnsley

Sheffield scientists bee model could help robots in search and rescue

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have created a computer model of how bees avoid hitting walls – which could be a breakthrough in the development of autonomous robots in situations like search and rescue.

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Researchers from the Department of Computer Science built their computer model to look at how bees use vision to detect the movement of the world around them and avoid crashes.  

Dr Alex Cope, lead researcher on the paper, says honeybees are excellent navigators despite having a brain of only one million neurons:

Understanding how bees avoid walls, and what information they can use to navigate, moves us closer to the development of efficient algorithms for navigation and routing - which would greatly enhance the performance of autonomous flying robotics."

Fox House bus shooting: Police release image of man

The first images of the man police want to speak to after a gun was fired at a fellow bus passenger on Hathersage Road in Sheffield have been released.

CCTV image

The incident took place on Sunday on Hathersage Road, outside the Fox House pub, just after a man got off the 272 bus.

Temporary Detective Inspector Graham Stead said:

“Our officers have been working hard all week to establish the circumstances surrounding this understandably quite distressing incident last weekend. At the bus stop outside the pub, the suspect is believed to have got off the bus and reportedly fired a weapon. Thankfully nobody was injured, but that does not lessen the severity of this offence and we are determined to identify the person responsible."

CCTV image

South Yorkshire's Interim Chief Constable wants 'to act on community concerns'

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The man tasked with leading South Yorkshire Police until a permanent Chief Constable can be appointed has said the force has to acknowledge where it has let people down.

Interim Chief Constable Dave Jones held a live web chat last night and a full transcript is available of the conversation.

Dave Jones

He was asked the question "What do you see for the future of South Yorkshire Police after all the negative press?"

Here's what he answered:

I recognise the negative press, but also recognise that - day in and day out - there are officers and staff at the force who are working to provide the best police service they can in complex and difficult circumstances. However, we need to make sure we listen and act upon the concerns of our communities, acknowledge where we've let people down and - working collectively with the wider, national police family - ensure that South Yorkshire moves forward in a positive direction."

South Yorkshire PCC election turnout more than doubled in Sheffield

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Turnout for the PCC election in Sheffield is 34.4%. That's against a turnout of 14% two years ago.

Counting is now underway in a contest that has been affected by a number of news stories affecting South Yorkshire Police including the Hillsborough inquests, the IPCC report into policing at Orgreave and the Rotherham abuse scandal.

Elderly couple seriously injured in crash in Barnsley

A 91-year-old male driver and 88-year-old female passenger were both taken to hospital with serious injuries after their vehicle struck a parked car and then a lamppost yesterday afternoon.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident which happened at around 15:15 when a silver Nissan Micra hit a red Audi A5, which was parked in Keresforth Hall Road and then crashed into a lamppost.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to 101 or email quoting incident number 640 of 5 May 2016.

Hole in the road in Sheffield (not that one)

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A hole has appeared in Pond Street in Sheffield city centre with steam pouring out of it:

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Sheffield was once famous for this hole in the road:

Hole in the Road

But with the sinkhole that stopped traffic last week in Hutcliffe Wood Road it seems holes these days are more about maintainance than design these days. 

BreakingSouth Yorkshire PCC election turnout nearly doubled in Rotherham

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

The figures for turnout in the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections are in for some areas

  • Barnsley 26.6% 
  • Rotherham 32% 
  • Doncaster 20.14% 

We're still awaiting figures for Sheffield and an overall turnout percentage.

In 2014 the turnout was 14% .

In Rotherham where the police have been criticised over the child sexual exploitation scandal it means that turnout is more than double what it was two years ago.