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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 12 May 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 0800 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Don't forget to get in touch if you have a story or picture that you'd like to share with us.

See you all tomorrow.

Listen: Want to know more about the new SUFC boss?

Weather: Most parts dry

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some sunny spells at first this evening, but cloud, hill fog and coastal mist returning from the North Sea overnight. Breezy near the coast but lighter winds inland. Most parts dry, apart from some coastal drizzle.  

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Bluebells out in Rotherham

Thanks to Lucy Barker for this beautiful picture of some local bluebells.

Lucy says the picture was taken on Tuesday in the ancient woodland that runs alongside the M1 through Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.

Don't forget you could see your picture on this page if you get in touch with us and let us know what you've been up to.

Bluebells in woodland, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.
Lucy Barker

Owls manager Carvalhal looks ahead to tomorrow's play-off semi final against Brighton

Sheffield woman accused of encouraging terrorism claims she was trying 'to learn about IS'

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A woman accused of encouraging terrorism by sharing so-called Islamic State propaganda online has said it was an "act" to "learn more about ISIS".

Zafreen Khadam, 32, told Sheffield Crown Court she did not support terrorism and posted the links in order to "put myself in their little world".

Prosecutors claim the posts, which included execution videos, "glorified" IS and "encouraged terrorism".

Miss Khadam, of Vincent Road, Sheffield, denies ten charges of disseminating terrorist publications between February and March 2015.

Sheffield law courts
PA

Latest headlines: Ben Needham family support to police after negative report in The Sun and former Blades player Chris Wilder is their new boss

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • The family of Ben Needham say they fully support the police officers who're out in Greece searching for him. It's after the Sun newspaper reported that officers were seen having a drinking session on the island of Kos, which is where Ben Needham went missing as a toddler almost 25 years ago
  • A Sheffield man will spend at least 12 years behind bars for murdering a dad of two
  • Sheffield United have wasted no time in appointing their new manager. Former Blades player Chris Wilder has been given a three year deal following the sacking of Nigel Adkins this morning 

Have your say: Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport bosses on Radio Sheffield tomorrow

Doncaster Robin Hood Airport
Press Association

Chris Harcombe, the Head of Aviation Development and John Huddleston, Communications and Corporate Affairs manager at Peel airports will both be on BBC Radio Sheffield on Friday.

They're taking part in the radio station's Hotseat, part of the Rony Robinson show between 11:00 and 12:00  tomorrow morning.

Don't forget you can get in touch with the programme and have your question on the local airport answered.

Sheffield United fan Joe Root gives Jonathan Buchan his thoughts on Adkins departure

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

I've been up to Headingley today to catch up with England and Yorkshire cricketer Joe Root.

The sportsman is from Sheffield and happens to be a Blades fan so I had to ask him about the news that Nigel Adkins has today left Sheffield United.

He also told me what he thought of Chris Wilder, the Northampton Town boss who has now been confirmed as the new manager at Bramall Lane  

Joint owner of Blades says he's delighted at appointment of Chris Wilder

As we revealed earlier, Chris Wilder has been announced as the new man to lead Sheffield United.

It follows the departure of Nigel Adkins earlier today after the Blades missed out on the League One play-offs.

Speaking on behalf of the club's joint owners, Kevin McCabe said: "We are delighted to appoint Chris, he has a fantastic reputation. He understands the ethos of our club and is a modern 21st century manager....we look forward to a new era at Bramall Lane."

The club says Chris Wilder will outline his plans and aspirations further when he and assistant Alan Knill meet the media on Friday.

Kevin McCabe
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Listen: Ben Needham family say they're 100% behind police officers who're out in Greece

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The family of Ben Needham say they're 100% behind the police officers who're out in Greece searching for him. 

It's after the Sun newspaper reported that officers were seen having a long drinking session on the island of Kos, which is where Ben Needham went missing as a toddler almost 25 years ago. 

The lead officer's been summoned back home to explain things. 

Leighanna Needham's, Ben's sister, is angry at the paper for taking the focus away from the search for Ben... 

BreakingChris Wilder is the new Sheffield United boss

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

It's official - Chris Wilder is to be the new Sheffield United manager.

Former Northampton Town boss is new man in charge at the Blades

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The news comes a few hours after the club revealed it had parted ways with former manager Nigel Adkins. 

The 51-year-old was dismissed after the Blades missed out on the League One play-offs. 

The new man in charge was manager at Northampton Town this season and led his side to the League Two title.

Baby boom for bitterns at Old Moor

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

There’s a double celebration in the Dearne Valley as not one, but two bittern nests have been discovered for the first time at RSPB Old Moor, and the reed beds are splashing with the sound of tiny bittern feet. 

Over the past five years the nature reserve, near Barnsley, has had one female bittern nesting and a resident booming male – booming refers to the sound they make when attracting a mate, rather like blowing over a bottle. But this is the first time that two nests have been found at the same time. 

Bittern
BBC/Andy Hay, RSPB

Bitterns, a relative of the grey heron, were classed as extinct in the UK in the late 19th century, many having been hunted for the dinner table or lost their habitat through the draining of their homes for farmland.  As recently as the 1990’s there were thought to be only 11 males left, none in South Yorkshire.

RSPB Old Moor is part of a nationwide programme to bring the bird back from the brink of extinction.  Old Moor staff and volunteers have developed the site’s reedbed habitat to make it more attractive to the bird, including the introduction of rudd – a fish that is particularly attractive to bittern.

Latest headlines: Life sentence for killing Sheffield dad and Chris Wilder set to be 9th Blades boss in as many years

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories this afternoon include:

  • A man's been jailed for life for murdering a Sheffield father of two
  • A rape investigation's underway in Sheffield after a student says she was attacked during a taxi ride in the early hours of today
  • Chris Wilder's set to be the new boss at Sheffield United. The Northampton Town manager will be the 9th manager in as many years at Bramall Lane following the sacking of Nigel Adkins 

Watch: Elephant gets ready to go on parade in Sheffield

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Elephants will be on parade in Sheffield soon. A herd of 40 unique "ele-sculptures" will appear around the city this summer to raise money for the children's hospital.

It only seems fair then that patients at the hospital are getting in on the fun. 

They've been getting all arty at the hospital this morning, decorating a giant Elmer, who is of course one of our favourite elephants. 

Reporter Kat Cowan has been sticking her trunk in:

Have your say on Adkins departure from Sheffield United on BBC Radio Sheffield

Watch: Father and son team from Rotherham prepare for Fireball Rally

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Father and son team, 64-year-old Paul and 24-year-old Patrick Schofield, are off to Monte Carlo shortly for something along the lines of Wacky races.

They'll be doing it in an old Toyota Celica which they've spent no more than a thousand pounds buying and doing-up.

By taking part in the Fireball Rally the pair hope to raise money for Rotherham Hospice.

The race will start in Monte Carlo on the 27 May; you might want to turn the sound down at the end of this video!

Ben Needham officers entitled to relax off-duty say Police Federation

The South Yorkshire Police Federation has been responding to reports in the Sun newspaper about the behaviour of some police officers investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham on Kos.

The newspaper this morning said a top police officer involved in the latest Ben Needham probe had been ordered back to the UK.

This afternoon the South Yorkshire Police Federation has told the BBC that officers are entitled to relax off duty as long as they're fit for work.

South Yorkshire Police Federation
BBC

Watch: Sheffield United fan and England cricketer Joe Root gives his view on Sheffield United changes

Sheffield man sentenced to life behind bars for murder

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A judge has today sentenced 35-year-old Steven Ray (pictured below) to life behind bars for the murder of father of two Rory Hemmings, in November last year.

Ray, of Thornburgh Road, Heeley, must serve a minimum of 12 years for the murder of Mr Hemmings, 29.

Yesterday a jury found Ray guilty of murdering Mr Hemmings, at a property on Errington Crescent in the Arbourhtone area of the city, following a two-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Steven Ray
South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police respond to Ben Needham story in today's Sun newspaper

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police have issued a statement in response to comments in the Sun newspaper about the behaviour of some of their police officers on the Greek island of Kos.

The paper said a top police officer involved in the latest Ben Needham probe had been ordered back to the UK after members of the team reportedly went on an eight-hour drinking session.

The force has now responded saying there will be an internal investigation into what happened.

South Yorkshire Police logo
South Yorkshire Police

The team in Kos have been working on investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham for a number of years. We're absolutely committed to this investigation and require the highest possible standards from all of those involved. The team must now get on with the important task in hand. Following concerns raised regarding the behaviour of some of those involved the senior officer has been recalled to the UK with immediate effect to provide the details of exactly what has happened. An internal investigation will follow."

SpokespersonSouth Yorkshire Police

Rape investigation launched

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Detectives in Sheffield are investigating after a woman was allegedly raped in the early hours of this morning .

It's reported that sometime before 04:00, a 19-year-old woman left the Student's Union in the Western Bank area where she is believed to have taken a taxi to an address in Broomhill.It's alleged that sometime during the journey, the taxi stopped and the woman was raped.Officers are now working with the victim to establish the exact location of the incident.

Northampton Town react to Christ Wilder speculation

Latest headlines: Northampton boss looks set to take charge of Blades and major expansion plans for Meadowhall

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories this lunchtime include:

  • BBC Radio Sheffield understands Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder will be appointed as the new Sheffield United manager in the next 24 hours
  • The family of Ben Needham have reacted angrily to reports in the sun newspaper that South Yorkshire police officers who are on the Greek island of Kos have been on an 8 hour drinking session, and were late to a news conference the morning after
  •  Meadowhall shopping centre say they want to start a major expansion programme to create what they're calling a leisure hall next to the existing shopping centre

Weather: Most parts dry

BBC Weather

Some bright or sunny spells developing during the afternoon. Most parts dry, away from hills. 

Tonight cloud, hill fog and coastal mist returning from the North Sea. Breezy near the coast but lighter winds inland.  

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Legal letter spells out concern over recall of Ben Needham police officer

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been talking this morning about the news that a senior police officer on the Ben Needham case has been summoned back to the UK.

It's after reports in the Sun newspaper that members of the team went on an eight hour drinking session hours after launching a new appeal to find Ben.

Now a barrister working on behalf of Ben's mother, Kerry Needham, has written a letter to the police spelling out his client's concern over the move.

The letter addressed to the interim Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, says "Ms Needham trusts the officers involved....and wishes for their to be no disruption. To recall their leader is incredibly worrying for Ms Needham."

Kerry Needham
Press Association

Sheffield's Danny Willett hits the gym before Players Championship

Watch: Northampton Town Manager in the frame for Sheffield United top job

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield's Sport Editor Andy Giddings has been talking about today's fast moving events at Sheffield United.

The BBC learnt the Blades manager, Nigel Adkins, was leaving earlier this morning.

It was officially confirmed at 10:00 when Sheffield United issued a statement on the club's website.

It's now looking likely that the Northampton Town Manager Chris Wilder will be taking over at the helm.....

Watch: Meadowhall boss reveals expansion plans

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce, has this morning been talking about their £300m expansion plans.

The plans for a Leisure Hall will create more than 1,000 jobs and represent the biggest investment in the shopping centre since it opened 25 years ago.

There'll be a number of new restaurants, a state of the art cinema, gym and other leisure space that could be used to offer anything from ten-pin bowling to indoor golf.

Darren Pearch spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield this morning

Latest headlines: Sheffield United say goodbye to manager and Meadowhall plans major expansion

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories this morning include:

  • The BBC understands Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder will be appointed as the new Sheffield United manager in the next 24 hours
  • The family of Ben Needham have reacted angrily to reports in the Sun newspaper that South Yorkshire police officers, on the Greek island of Kos, have been on an eight hour drinking session
  • Meadowhall shopping centre say they want to start a major expansion programme to create  a 'leisure hall' next to the existing site

Sheffield United announce Nigel Adkins departure on website

Sheffield United statement
Sheffield United

Ben Needham family come out in support of police

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Ben Needham family have responded to reports in the Sun newspaper this morning about the behaviour of South Yorkshire Police officers on the greek island of Kos.

A senior police officer is believed to have been summoned back to the UK after members of the team went on an eight hour drinking session hours after launching a new appeal.

This morning though the mother of Ben Needham has defended the police team.

Kerry Needham told ITV's Good Morning Britain she is confident they are doing all they can to discover the truth behind her son's disappearance.  

Ben Needham
Press Association

We are supposed to be trying to find the answers to what happened to Ben along with these detectives, and this could just hinder it. And I'm angry this report had to come out, it is just not nice."

Kerry NeedhamMother of Ben Needham

Dog charity investigates complaint over their fund-raisers in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The charity The Dogs Trust say they're investigating a complaint that one of their collectors was using aggressive, immoral and unprofessional tactics while trying to get a donation from an elderly woman in the centre of Sheffield.

On BBC Radio Sheffield this morning they've been talking about charity fund-raisers on Fargate in Sheffield and asking whether they are too aggressive.   

The charity has issued a statement which says " We want to reassure people that we take any such comments very seriously. We have a strict code of conduct and we are in the process of investigating what happened in Sheffield city centre."

Nigel Adkins: Sheffield United 'set to sack manager' after missing out on play-offs

BBC Sport

Sheffield United are expected to announce the sacking of manager Nigel Adkins later today according to reports on BBC Radio Sheffield.

The former Southampton and Reading boss was appointed in June last year on a three-year contract.

He succeeded Nigel Clough, who lost his job following defeat in the 2014-15 League One play-offs.

The Blades were 11th this season, eight points off the play-off places, and now face a sixth season in the third tier.

Meadowhall plans could create over 1,000 jobs

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Owners of Meadowhall shopping centre are announcing plans to expand. 

They want to build what they're calling a leisure hall on the existing site. It would be quite a big extension, about a fifth the size of the existing centre. 

There'd be cafes, restaurants and a gym, ten pin bowling and indoor golf. It has also been designed to accommodate large outdoor events including live music.

More than 1,000 jobs would be created by the Leisure Hall, in addition to a number of temporary construction jobs.

Meadowhall Leisure Hall
MKPR

The plans will be on display at Meadowhall on 3 June (11:00 - 18:00) and 4 June (10:00 - 16:00).  More details on the proposed scheme can be found at: www.FutureMeadowhall.co.uk

Ben Needham officers in Kos 'drinking session' probe

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A senior police officer involved in the latest Ben Needham investigation on the Greek island of Kos has been summoned back to the UK after members of the team reportedly went on an eight-hour drinking session. 

South Yorkshire Police are investigating a report in The Sun that officers spent a long evening drinking wine and beer, beginning hours after they launched a new appeal. 

Detectives are due to stay in Greece for two weeks, although a senior officer has been recalled to Sheffield to explain The Sun's report to the chief constable. 

The Sun newspaper
Press Association

Sheffield United look set to sack their manager

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield understands that Sheffield United are to sack manager Nigel Adkins. 

It follows a meeting yesterday between Adkins and the clubs heirarchy. 

We understand the Blades hope to appoint his successor before the weekend.  

The Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder is one name that's been strongly linked with the role at Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder
Press Association

Latest headlines: Ben Needham officer summoned back to UK over drink allegations and Sheffield's Danny Willett makes his return to golf in USA

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • A senior police officer involved in the latest Ben Needham investigation on the Greek island of Kos has been summoned back to the UK after members of the team reportedly went on an eight-hour drinking session
  •  The charity the Dogs Trust say they're investigating a complaint that one of their collectors was using aggressive, immoral and unprofessional tactics to try to get a donation from an elderly woman in Sheffield
  • Sheffield's Danny Willett is preparing to make his return to golf at the Players' Championship in Florida 

Nigel Adkins successor could be in place by weekend